Flinders University :Indigenous Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarship

Opening Date: 20-12-2019   Closing Date: 10-03-2020  


The Commonwealth government and Flinders University have established the Indigenous Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarship (ICAS) to assist indigenous students with accommodation and/or relocation costs associated with their study at Flinders University.

The number of ICAS available each year will be determined by annual funding from the Commonwealth government.In 2019 each scholarship was valued at $5456 per annum. The 2020 value is $7500 per annum paid in two installments of 3750 per semester.  Scholarships awarded mid year will only be valid for one semester.


All scholarship applicants must:

  • be of Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent; and
  • identify as an Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander; and
  • be accepted as an Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander by the community in which they live or have lived; and
  • normally be enrolled full-time at Flinders University in an undergraduate or postgraduate course of study or the Foundation Studies program; and
  • have a permanent home address in Inner or Outer Regional, Remote or Very Remote Australia as defined by the Australian Standard Geographic Classification (ASGC); and
  • have relocated to undertake study as per section 2.10.15 of the Commonwealth Scholarship Guidelines (Education) 2010; and
  • not be in receipt of a Relocation Scholarship (available to ABSTUDY and Youth Allowance recipients); and
  • not be in receipt of the ABSTUDY residential costs payment

Interested applicants can check if their home address qualifies as rural or regional by using the Doctor Connect website.

Scholarships will be available to both commencing students (main round in semester one and mid-year round) and continuing students (main round in semester one only). Previous recipients of an Indigenous Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarship may reapply but will be limited to a maximum of 8 payments in total.


The scholarship is awarded for up to 1 year of full-time study. These payments are subject to the student maintaining a full-time study load and satisfactory academic performance. The scholarship will be paid in two equal instalments, after the census date of each semester. Scholarships are available to part-time students in exceptional circumstances, which includes (but is not limited to) disability, illness or carer responsibilities. Part-time scholarship recipients will receive the same annual value as full-time scholarship recipients. 



In selecting recipients the following factors will be considered:

  • Remoteness of permanent home address
  • Financial need
  • University entrance score (commencing students)
  • GPA (continuing students)

Selection of the candidate(s) will be made in accordance with procedures approved by the Director, Student Administration, in consultation with the Office of Indigenous Strategy and Engagement.


Applications should be submitted online through the Flinders University Student System by the specified closing date. Applicants will need to login and navigate to the My Scholarships tab to submit an application. The application form for this scholarship is called "Indigenous Commonwealth Accomodation Scholarships". Please read the how to apply page and ensure all of your personal details are up-to-date in Student Two as you will be assessed using the information in the Student System, including home and semester address, indigenous status, citizenship etc.

Students will need to provide a rural/regional address. This is normally recorded in the Student System as your home address which should be different to your semester address. If you no longer have a rural/regional address you will need to upload evidence demonstrating that you lived in a rural/regional area prior to undertaking your current study.

While financial need is not a requirement, it will be considered in the selection process. Applicants therefore have the option to demonstrate:

1. they are in receipt of government means-tested benefits such as ABSTUDY, Youth Allowance etc, OR

2. other financial hardship using the Financial Hardship form below.

Scholarship Type: undergraduate, honours, postgraduate, research, financial, commencing, continuing, Indigenous students, regional/remote/rural students,