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Tertiary Access Payment

Financial support to relocate for study
The Tertiary Access Payment is valued at $5000 and is an initiative of the Department of Education, Skills and Employment. It aims to assist outer regional and remote school leavers to undertake tertiary study.

Highlights

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$5000
  • Australian citizen, permanent resident, humanitarian visa holder or New Zealand citizen aged 16-22
  • Commencing undergraduate study following HSC or equivalent
  • Living in a regional or remote area
  • Relocate to within 90 minutes of the University
  • Combined parental income of less than $250,000
10 February 2021 24 February 2021

How to apply

Complete the application form linked on this page and send it to scholarships.office@sydney.edu.au attaching all relevant documentation.

Please note: 

  • The University of Sydney has been allocated a limited number of payments for 2021 by the Government. As the selection process is a first-come, first-served basis, applicants are encouraged to submit their application as early as possible. 
  • If your application is incomplete, contains errors, or does not present information in the required format, it may be rejected at the University’s sole discretion and will be unable to be considered until the necessary requirements have been completed.

Benefits

$5000 paid in 2 instalments in your first year of study; $3000 in semester one and $2000 in semester two.

The payments may be used for anything related to your relocation, whether that be accommodation, travel, food or study supplies.

Who's eligible

You must:

  • be an Australian Citizen, Australian Permanent Resident, hold a permanent humanitarian visa, or be a New Zealand citizen meeting Australian Residence rules under section 7 of the Social Security Act 1991.
  • be commencing an undergraduate degree or combined undergraduate degree and enrolled in at least 75 per cent of a full time study load over a 12 month period immediately following the completion of the HSC or equivalent qualification (or the first available semester of your chosen course if the course has a mid-year start).

    Note: An exemption from this requirement may be considered on a case by case basis provided applicants can provide documentation to prove that commencing at least 75 per cent of a full time study load immediately following the completion of their HSC or equivalent was out of the applicant’s control.
  • be living at an address such as a family home from an outer regional, remote or very remote area for at least six months prior to commencing undergraduate study, as per the Australian Statistical Geography Standard remoteness classifications and the Student Regional Area Search tool.
  • be living at a family home more than 90 minutes away, by public transport, from the University of Sydney.
  • have an intention to relocate, i.e. provide a tentative new address in the application, to reduce travel time below 90 min to attend face-to-face teaching on campus, or duel delivery mode, at the University of Sydney.
  • have a combined income (including parents and/or guardians) of less than $250,000.
  • be under the age of 22 years old.

Background

The Tertiary Access Payment (TAP) Program was established in 2020 to assist students from outer regional or remote areas, who relocate, to access tertiary study immediately following completion of high school (Year 12 or equivalent), and whose family home is more than 90 minutes from their education provider to undertake full time study*.

The TAP Program is funded by the Department of Education, Skills and Employment and administered by the University of Sydney.

*Full time study or at least 75 per cent of a full time study load over a 12 month period.

1. Background

a. The Tertiary Access Payment (TAP) Program was established in 2020 to assist students from outer regional or remote areas, who relocate, to access tertiary study immediately following completion of high school (Year 12 or equivalent), and whose family home is more than 90 minutes from their education provider to undertake full time study.

b. The TAP Program is funded by the Department of Education, Skills and Employment and administered by the University of Sydney.

2. Eligibility

a. Applicants must be an Australian Citizen, Australian Permanent Resident, holding a permanent humanitarian visa, or a New Zealand citizen meeting Australian Residence rules under section 7 of the Social Security Act 1991.

b. Applicants must be commencing an undergraduate degree or combined undergraduate degree with a full-time study load immediately following the completion of their HSC or equivalent. An exemption from this requirement may be considered on a case by case basis provided applicants can provide documentation to prove that commencing a full time study load immediately following the completion of their HSC or equivalent was out of the applicant’s control.

c. Applicants must be living at an address, e.g. family home, from an outer regional, remote or very remote area for at least 6 months prior to commencing their undergraduate studies.

d. The applicant’s family home must be more than 90 minutes away, by public transport, from the University of Sydney. Exceptions may apply (as set out below).

e. Applicants must have an intention to relocate, i.e. provide a tentative new address in the application, to reduce their travelling time below 90 min to attend face-to-face teaching on campus at the University of Sydney.

f. The applicant’s parent(s) or guardian(s) must have a combined income of less than $250,000.

g. Applicants must be between the ages of 16 and 22 years old.

3. Eligibility Exceptions

a. Applicants may be exempt from the 90-minute travel rule (section 2d) if they can substantiate specific circumstances, such as:

i. applicants with a disability who may not be able to use certain forms of public transport;

ii. applicants with a disability or who are pregnant, where travel at peak hour often involves prolonged periods of standing;

iii. applicants who do not have access to public transport near their family home; or

iv. applicants who do not have access to affordable transport solutions near their home.

Exceptions are not limited to these examples and will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Please ensure you provide sufficient detail in your application if you need to be considered for an exemption from this requirement.

b. Applicants may be considered exempt from the combined income rule in specific circumstances, such as:

i. applicants who are unable to live at home due to extreme circumstances;

ii. applicants who are an orphan;

iii. applicants whose parents are unable to look after them;

iv. applicants who have a child or are caring for someone else’s child;

v. applicants who are a refugee or are in state care;

vi. applicants who are specially disadvantaged; or

vii. applicants who have been in prison for 6 months or more.

Exemptions are not limited to these examples and will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Please ensure you provide sufficient detail in your application if you need to be considered for an exemption from this requirement.

c. Applicants of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander identity may be considered exempt from the combined income rule if:

i. they have adult status in their traditional community; or

ii. they have returned to live in an Indigenous community after being adopted or fostered by a non-Indigenous family for more than 2 years.

Exemptions are not limited to these examples and will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Please ensure you provide sufficient detail in your application if you need to be considered for an exemption from this requirement.

4. Value

a. TAP is valued at $5,000 in total and is tenable for one year only.

b. TAP will be paid according to the following payment schedule:

i. First instalment ($3,000) to be paid within two weeks after the relevant census date of the recipient’s first semester of study.

ii. Second instalment ($2,000) to be paid within two weeks after the relevant census date of the recipient’s second semester of study.

c. TAP will be awarded subject to the availability of funds.

d. No other amount is payable, but successful applicants can receive support or financial assistance from other sources while receiving TAP.

5. Termination

a. TAP will be terminated if the recipient:

i. withdraws from an eligible course or fails to enrol.

ii. commences part-time study without prior approval.

iii. fails to relocate after indicating an intention to do so in an application.

iv. 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 application.

v. does not resume study at the end of a period of approved leave; or

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

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

c. Where a student is found guilty of serious misconduct or TAP is terminated under any instance in the Termination Clause of these terms and conditions, the recipient may be required to repay to the University any TAP funds paid to the recipient.

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