Indigenous Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarship Rules

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. Each scholarship will be valued at $7500 per annum paid in two instalments of 3750 in 2020 .   



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


Scholarships will be available to both commencing students and continuing students. 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.