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NSW Aboriginal Housing Office Accommodation Grant

A grant for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
Up to $10,000 grant to provide financial assistance to full-time Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students experiencing housing stress.


Value Eligibility Open date Close date
Up to $10,000
  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Island student
  • Full-time student
  • Living independently
  • In housing stress
7 November 2022 11 November 2022

How to apply

Submit the application form and supporting documents here.


This grant is valued up to $10,000 for one year.

Who's eligible

You must:

  • be a full-time student enrolled in an undergraduate, postgraduate coursework or postgraduate research degree
  • identify as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person
  • be spending more than 40 percent of your weekly income on accommodation
  • submit a statement outlining why you require an accommodation grant (maximum 600 words).
1. Background

a. This Grant was established in 2019 to provide assistance to students in housing stress complete their studies by providing them with support to address the cost of living and accommodation.

b. This Grant is being supplied through NSW Aboriginal Housing Office.

2. Eligibility

a. The Grant is offered subject to the applicant having received a letter of offer for admission or being currently enrolled in full time study at the University of Sydney.

3. Selection Criteria

a. The Grant will be awarded on the basis of:

I. evidence of Aboriginality;

II. evidence of housing stress;

III. evidence of fulltime study in eligible course; and

IV. a personal statement demonstrating need.

b. The Grant will be awarded by a Selection Panel of University Representatives.

4. Value

a. The Grant is valued at up to $10,000.

b. The Grant value will be paid in fortnightly payments.

c. Deferral of the Grant is not permitted.

d. The Grant will be offered subject to the availability of funds.

e. No other amount is payable.

5. Ongoing eligibility

a. To continue receipt of the Grant, the recipient must maintain a full time study load.

6. Termination

a. The Grant will be terminated if the recipient:

I. withdraws from an eligible course or fails to enrol;

II. commences part-time study;

III. is determined by the University to be guilty of serious misconduct, including, but not limited to, having provided false or misleading information as part of their Grant application; or

IV. any other provision as indicated in these terms that would lead to termination.

b. Once the Grant has been terminated, it will not be reinstated unless due to University error.

c. Where a student is found guilty of serious misconduct or the Grant is terminated under any instance in the Termination Clause of these terms and conditions, the University reserves the right to request that any Grant funds paid to the Grant recipient be reimbursed.