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Increased government support to help nurses advance their careers

22 December 2020
Apply for a Commonwealth Support Place

Making our postgraduate courses in nursing more accessible, we are now offering an increased number of Commonwealth Supported Places across a range of our graduate certificate programs.

Designed for registered nurses, these courses aim to deliver job-ready graduates with specialist nursing skills in areas where they are needed most.

Studying a graduate certificate with a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) means your fees will be subsidised by the Australian Government.

Your study options

On successful completion of one of these courses, you can choose to graduate with the qualification or continue into a related masters and receive credit for the subjects you have completed.

I work 12 hour shifts and initially I was a little worried that I would have trouble finishing all the assignments on time, but it’s been quite easy because a lot of the work is online, allowing me to study at my own pace.
Elliott Hough, Master of Intensive Care Nursing, Registered Nurse, Intensive Care, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital

What is a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)?

A Commonwealth supported place (CSP) is a type of enrolment where your course fees are subsidised by the Australian Government and you pay the remainder as a ‘student contribution’.

The government contribution part is a subsidy, not a loan, and you don't have to pay it back. Your student contribution will depend on your units of study and the amount charged for each.

Student contribution amounts for 2021 are available on the Students Website.

Who is eligible for a CSP?

If you apply for any CSP eligible course at Sydney your eligibility is automatically considered when we assess your application.

To be eligible for a CSP you must:

  • be an Australian citizen, a New Zealand citizen or the holder of a permanent visa
  • meet the relevant citizenship and residency requirements.

Eligibility criteria and legislation can change. See the Study Assist website for details.


For more detailed information on Commonwealth Supported Places at the Unviversity of Sydney, please visit the Students Website.