You may be eligible for Abstudy if you:
- identify yourself as being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent and are a part of a community, and
- are studying full-time or part-time at university, including distance or block modes, and Masters and Doctorate programs.
The Centrelink website has current information on Abstudy payment rates (opens an external site).
Depending on your situation, you may also be eligible for extra payments to help with living costs, rental assistance and additional allowance, including fares, pharmaceuticals and remote area allowances.
Benefits and allowances may also be claimed for certain course costs, including for Indigenous students relocating for a Masters or Doctorate course, or completing a thesis.
If you are thinking about coming to UTS to do further studies, you may wish to contact current Indigenous staff and students at the Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning at UTS.
Jumbunna assists prospective Indigenous students gain entry to UTS. They also provide comprehensive ongoing student support and services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students studying at UTS.
UTS implements Affirmative Action strategies for access to education and employment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The UTS Equity and Diversity Unit runs various programs in the interest of Indigenous Australians, including the Wingara Indigenous Employment and Career Development Strategy, and the Indigenous Women's Network.