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You may be eligible for Abstudy if you are:

  • of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent and identify as such and are a part of a community
  • studying fulltime or part-time at university, including Distance or Block Modes, and including Master's and Doctorate programs.

The Centrelink website has current information on Abstudy payment rates. (opens external website).

Depending on your situation, you may also be eligible for extra payments to help with living costs, rental assistance (opens external site) and additional allowances including fares, pharmaceuticals and remote area allowances (opens external site).

Benefits and allowances may also be claimed for certain course costs (opens external site) including for Indigenous students relocating for a Masters or Doctorate course or completing a thesis.

If you are thinking about coming to UTS to do further studies, you may wish to contact current Indigenous staff and students at the Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning at UTS.

Jumbunna assists prospective indigenous students gain special entry to UTS. Information is also available for future Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students considering Indigenous Block Programs in the Business and Educaction facuilties.

UTS implements Affirmative Action strategies for access to education and employment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The UTS  Equity and Diversity Unit runs various programs in the interest of Indigenous Australians, including the Wingara Indigenous Employment and Career Development Strategy, and the Indigenous Women's Network.