The following frequently asked questions will assist students who are considering making an individual application for adjustments under the Universities Equity Scheme.
I am a current year 12 student who is in receipt of a Centrelink means-tested income support payment or who holds a Health Care or Pensioner Concession Card in my own name.
Simply enter your Centrelink Customer Reference Number (CRN) into your undergraduate application. You will need to tick the box authorising SATAC to match your data with Centrelink.
I am a current year 12 student whose parent/guardian is in receipt of a Commonwealth means-tested income support payment, or is the holder of a Health Care or Pensioner Concession Card.
You will need to complete an application form and submit supporting documents. You will be able to access the application form from within your undergraduate application. See ‘What supporting documents will I need to provide?’ below.
I am not a current year 12 student.
You will need to complete an application form and submit supporting documents. You will be able to access the application form from within your undergraduate application. See ‘What supporting documents will I need to provide?’ below. Please note, not every applicant will be required to supply supporting documents. Please carefully read through the information below and follow the instructions that are most relevant to your personal circumstances.
Acceptable supporting documents include:
- a letter from Centrelink or the Department of Veterans’ Affairs in your own or your parent/guardian’s name showing you/they were in receipt of a Commonwealth means-tested income support payment during the year in which you achieved your ATAR
- a Centrelink or Department of Veterans’ Affairs payment summary (issued for taxation purposes) in your own or your parent/guardian’s name showing payments of a Commonwealth means-tested income support payment in the year in which you achieved your ATAR
- a copy of a Centrelink or Department of Veteran’s Affairs Health Care or Pensioner Concession Card in your own or your parent/guardian’s name valid for the year in which you achieved your ATAR, or
- a letter from the South Australian government Department for Education confirming you were eligible for assistance under the School Card Scheme for the year in which you achieved your ATAR.
Please note screen printouts of Centrelink or Department of Veterans’ Affairs payment details are not acceptable unless they have been stamped by the issuing office.
All supporting documents must be attached to the application form for individual adjustments - you can access this form from the Documents page of your undergraduate application.
The concession card must have been issued in your own name for you to use the CRN in your application; however, you can submit a copy of your parent/guardian’s concession card along with an application form - see ‘What supporting documents will I need to provide?’ above.
Means-tested income support payments are Centrelink (or other Commonwealth) payments subject to an income and assets test (e.g. Youth Allowance).
- Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part A and/or B are not considered to be means-tested income support payments for the purpose of an individual adjustments application. However, if you hold a Health Care or Pensioner Concession Card in addition to being in receipt of a Family Tax Benefit payment, you may still be eligible to apply for individual adjustments. Please see ‘What supporting documents will I need to provide?’ above.
- Means-tested income support payments can be in your own name or in the name of parent/ legal guardian – see ‘What information will I need to complete an application for individual adjustments?’ above.
- Means-tested Department of Veterans’ Affairs payments are acceptable for the purpose of applying for individual adjustments.
Centrelink means-tested income support payments
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SATAC will not access, use, modify, disclose or retain information or data about any Centrelink or Department of Veterans’ Affairs customer (including the Customer Reference Number), except in performing our official duties of assessing eligibility for individual adjustments.
SATAC will only request data from Centrelink if you provide consent for us to do so in your undergraduate application. If you do not provide consent then you will need to provide an application form with documentation in evidence of your eligibility.
Your CRN is your unique Centrelink identifier. It has nine numbers followed by a letter e.g. 222 555 999H. You can find your CRN on letters sent to you by Centrelink at the top left hand side of the page next to the word 'Reference', or on concession cards next to 'CRN'.
Do not assume that the CRN is the number you use to log on to Centrelink online services.
If you do not have any recent letters from Centrelink you will need to contact Centrelink to obtain your CRN.
No. To be eligible for individual adjustments on the basis of holding a concession card or receiving a means-tested income support payment, you must demonstrate that the card was held or payments were received during your year 12 studies. Generally, this means you must hold the card or be receiving payments prior to the end of November of the year you were studying.
No. To be eligible for individual adjustments on the basis of your parent/guardian holding a concession card or receiving a means-tested income support payment, you must demonstrate that they held the card or received payments during your year 12 studies. Generally, this means they must hold the card or be receiving payments prior to the end of November of the year you were studying.
No, the School Card Scheme is an initiative of the Department for Education that offers financial assistance with educational expenses for students attending South Australian schools.
If you have applied for and are eligible under the School Card scheme, you will have received a letter confirming this from the Department for Education. You will need to forward a copy of this letter to SATAC together with the individual adjustments application form.
No, you will not need to make an application for individual adjustments. If you are not sure whether your school was an eligible equity school, please refer to the list of eligible SA/NT schools on the adjustment factors page, or contact SATAC if you are an applicant from an interstate school.
Applications for individual adjustments are made within your undergraduate application. To ensure your application for individual adjustments is considered in a timely manner you should apply for individual adjustments when you submit your undergraduate application and provide any supporting documents (if required) as soon as possible after submitting.