Undergraduate commonwealth supported places

All domestic undergraduate students enrolled in a degree or other award program are Commonwealth supported. Some domestic graduate students are also Commonwealth supported.

Students who are Commonwealth supported are enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place and pay subsidised tuition fees with the Australian government paying the majority of the cost.

The government pays the majority of the tuition fee and the remaining balance is the student contribution.


The Commonwealth only subsidises tuition fees for courses that are required for the completion of the specific degree of the Commonwealth supported place.

This means Commonwealth supported students cannot get Commonwealth support for courses that don't count directly towards their degree, or to repeat a course which has already been passed.

From 1 January 2021, new higher education students will need a Unique Student Identifier (USI) in order to be eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) or Commonwealth financial assistance HECS-HELP, FEE-HELP and OS-HELP.

From 1 January 2023 all higher education students, including those who commenced prior to 2021, must have a USI in order to graduate and receive their award.

For more information, please visit  - Unique Student Identifier


Completion Rate

All students starting in new programs from 1 January 2022 will be required to meet the Australian Government's completion rate in order to maintain eligibility for commonwealth support (CSP and HELP Loan).  A 'low completion rate' is when you have a fail rate of more than 50 per cent of the units of study you have attempted, after you have attempted eight or more units of study in a bachelor level or higher course (or four or more units in a higher education course lower than a bachelor course). For further information please see the Australian Government website.

All students who have a fail rate of more than 50% will be notified that they will be likely to lose their commonwealth support and be given appropriate advice about their options.