Equity Scholarships

Equity Scholarships

Equity Scholarships are awarded to students from low socio-economic backgrounds, particularly those who receive Centrelink income support payments such as ABSTUDY, Austudy, Youth Allowance, Newstart Allowance, Disability Support Pension, Parenting Payment (Single) or the Carer Payment.

There are two types of Equity Scholarships:

  • Institution Equity Scholarships: these are funded by individual institutions and their value, eligibility criteria and duration differ between institutions.
  • Indigenous Student Success Program: these are funded by the Australian Government and are not covered on this website.

Most institutions also offer merit scholarships: apply directly to each institution.

Who can apply?

To apply for Equity Scholarships, you must be enrolled at a participating institution, or applying for admission:

  • through UAC for undergraduate or postgraduate study – there are only a very limited number of equity scholarships open to international applicants, or
  • directly to an institution, or
  • through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC) or the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC).

Most applicants who receive a scholarship are receiving Centrelink income support payments and/or can demonstrate additional types of disadvantage specified by the institution. 

Details of requirements for individual scholarships can be found on the institution websites.


Meeting scholarship eligibility criteria doesn’t guarantee that you’ll be awarded a scholarship. There are more applicants than available scholarships. As part of a competitive application process, you are ranked against the eligibility criteria, and institutions award scholarships to applicants who best meet the eligibility criteria. 

If you are unsuccessful it doesn’t mean that you’re not in need; rather, it means that there are other applicants who’ve been assessed as being in greater need.

Offer rounds

The table below shows the most important Equity Scholarship offer rounds for Year 12 students. Most Year 12 applicants receive their Equity Scholarship offers in these rounds.

Offer roundOffers released
December Round 2Thursday 24 December 2020
January Round 2Friday 22 January 2021

Educational disadvantages and supporting documents

Most of the educational disadvantages you can claim for require you to provide supporting documents.

Universities offering Equity Scholarships

Find out which institutions offer Equity Scholarships and who can apply for them.

Application and offer dates

05 Mar 2021

Equity Scholarships: March Round 1 outcomes released

Equity Scholarships March Round 1 outcomes released via email.

19 Mar 2021

Equity Scholarships: March Round 2 outcomes released

Equity Scholarships March Round 2 outcomes released via email.

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