Commonwealth government scholarships

Student Start-up Scholarship

If you are a full-time student undertaking an approved scholarship course delivered by an approved higher education provider and are receiving Youth Allowance, Austudy or ABSTUDY Living Allowance, you will receive the Student Start-Up Scholarship. You’ll receive this scholarship at the beginning of each semester to help with up-front costs of studying, such as textbooks and specialised equipment. If you are eligible, you’ll receive the full amount of the Start-Up Scholarship, even if you are not on the maximum payment from Centrelink. In 2015, the Student Start-up Scholarship was worth $1,025 for each 6 months of eligible study.

Relocation Scholarship

The Relocation Scholarship will be paid to eligible dependent Youth Allowance and ABSTUDY Living Allowance Centrelink customers to help with the costs of living away from home to study. To qualify for this payment, you must be studying full-time in an approved scholarship course, and be in receipt of Youth Allowance or ABSTUDY Living Allowance as a full-time student, and be a dependent person who has to live away from home to study, or be assessed as independent under specific scholarship independence criteria. In 2015, the amount of the Relocation Scholarship varied depending on the area classification of the family home and the year of study being undertaken.

Note: the 2014–15 Budget includes a measure 'Remove grandfathering of Student Start-up Scholarship recipients' which may affect this information. The measure is subject to the passage of legislation.

For further information on the Student Start-Up Scholarship and the Relocation Scholarship, visit

Information on other scholarships and awards that may be available to undergraduate students can be found at

Institution scholarships

The universities and TAFE SA provide a range of scholarships and grants to new and continuing students. You can find more information and scholarship application assistance via their websites or by contacting the relevant scholarships office.

Charles Darwin University

Charles Darwin University has a number of scholarships available each year for undergraduate, postgraduate, international and Indigenous students, supported and donated by community organisations, businesses, government and individual sponsors. For more information visit

Flinders University

Flinders University offers a wide range of scholarships to new and continuing undergraduate and postgraduate students. Scholarships are generally awarded on the basis of academic merit or demonstrated financial need. For more information visit

The University of Adelaide

The University of Adelaide provides a range of scholarships for students from a wide range of backgrounds. Scholarships are also available to assist undergraduate students who are in financial need, including rural and Indigenous students. A number of privately sponsored scholarships are also available to both commencing and continuing undergraduate and postgraduate students. For more information visit

University of South Australia

The University of South Australia provides a range of scholarships to high achieving students as well as students in financial need. Scholarships relevant to each of the University’s academic Divisions are also available to undergraduate and postgraduate coursework students. For more information visit


TAFE SA provides a range of scholarships and grants to eligible students to help with the costs of study. For more information visit

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