Tertiary Access Payment

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The Tertiary Access Payment (TAP) is a one-off payment of $5,000. It is available to rural and regional school leavers moving away from home to attend further study straight after finishing Year 12.

Who is eligible to apply for TAP?

You will be eligible for the TAP if you are:

  • from an outer-regional, remote or very remote area (use the Student Regional Area Search tool to check your eligibility)
  • relocating to study at a campus located at least 90 minutes by public transport from your family home
  • enrolled in a full time study load over a 12 month period
  • studying face to face – or a combination of face to face and online study
  • studying in the year straight after completing your Year 12 or equivalent.

This payment will be means-tested. This means you will need to be below a combined parental income threshold of $250,000 to receive this payment.

How can I apply for TAP?

Applications for the Tertiary Access Payment are now open. You can apply and find more information on the Services Australia website.

How do I receive the payment?

The TAP will be paid in two instalments – a $3,000 payment at the beginning of the year to assist with upfront costs, and a $2,000 payment toward the end of the first year. This payment will only be available for your first year of study.

What can the money be used for?

There are no restrictions, conditions or directions on what you spend the TAP money on.

I am eligible for Youth Allowance/ABSTUDY. Am I also eligible for TAP?

Yes. If you meet the eligibility criteria, you will still be eligible for the TAP.

I’m not eligible for Youth Allowance or ABSTUDY. Can I get TAP?

Yes. Your parents’ income might mean you can’t get a fortnightly payment from Centrelink. But if you meet the eligibility criteria for the Tertiary Access Payment you can get it.

Why is this payment limited to students from outer regional and remote areas?

The Napthine Review highlighted that people living in outer regional and remote areas have substantially less access to tertiary education than those living in metropolitan and inner regional areas. Tertiary attainment rates are also lower in all regional and remote areas, compared to metropolitan areas.

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