Tertiary Access Payment Rules


The Tertiary Access Payment (TAP) has been developed by the Commonwealth government and supports the Government’s agenda to strengthen tertiary education in regional and remote Australia.

The TAP is a one-off, means tested payment of up to $5,000 to encourage and assist outer regional and remote students who relocate to access tertiary study immediately following school (Year 12 or equivalent) whose family home is more than 90 minutes from their education provider to undertake full-time, higher-level tertiary education.

The TAP will help with the increased costs associated with relocating to undertake tertiary study and provide support to assist with the first year of study at Flinders University.

The number of Tertiary Access Payments available each year will be determined by annual funding from the Commonwealth government.


To be considered applicants must:

·         be an Australian citizen, permanent resident, permanent humanitarian visa holder or a New Zealand citizen meeting Australian Residence rules under section 7 of the Social Security Act 1991; and

·         have completed year 12 or an equivalent level of study immediately prior to commencing their eligible study at Flinders University; and

·         need to relocate to undertake their chosen course at Flinders University; and

·         have a permanent home address in Outer Regional, Remote or Very Remote Australia as defined by the Australian Standard Geographic Classification (ASGC) at least 90 minutes by public transport from the campus they will be studying at; and

·         be enrolling full-time at Flinders University in a bachelor’s degree or a bachelor honours degree (undertaking at least 27 units of study across the year); and

·         be studying in face-to-face more for at least part of the course; and

·         have parents or guardians who have a combined income of less than $250,000; and

·         be no more than 22 years of age at the commencement of the eligible study.  


The scholarship is awarded for up to 1 year of full-time study. Ongoing payment is subject to maintaining full-time enrolment in an eligible course of study.


Each TAP will be valued at $5000 per annum.  Payments are subject to the student maintaining a full-time study load. The scholarship will be paid as a $3,000 instalment after the census date of the first semester of study and $2,000 after the census date of the second semester of study.  


Applications will be assessed and awarded on a first come first served basis until the closing date is reached or funds have been exhausted.


Applications should be submitted online through the Flinders University Student System by the specified closing date.



The availability of the scholarship will be described on the University website