Commonwealth Supported Place

As a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) student the cost of your education is subsidised by the Australian Government. The Government pays an amount directly to the University and you pay the student contribution amount. To be eligible for a CSP you must be one of the following:

  • an Australian citizen, who will be resident in Australia for at least one unit of study contributing to their course of study
  • a New Zealand citizen or permanent visa holder, who will be resident in Australia for the duration of their unit(s) of study

Calculating your student contribution amount

Student contribution amounts are calculated per course, which is the equivalent of a 'unit of study' in Government publications. Courses are grouped into different bands based on their field of education.  Each band has a maximum student contribution amount set by the Government each year. Not all courses (subjects) in your program are necessarily in the same band so individual course costs may vary.

Your student contribution will be calculated based on the band and load of each individual course. The load is the equivalent full-time study load (EFTSL) value. The formula for calculating your contribution amount for a course is: Course EFTSL value x band amount 

For example, NURBN 2010 has an EFTSL value of 0.125 and is a Band 1 course with a 2021 maximum band amount of $3,950.
0.125 x $3,950 = $493 (rounded down to the nearest whole dollar)

The EFTSL and band information for each course is available on the 2021 subject information page.

2021 student contribution changes

The Australian Government has made changes to student contribution bands as part of the Job-ready Graduates reform package. The package includes changes to the student contribution for new students who commence study from 1 January 2021.

The Government has introduced Grandfathering arrangements for students who commenced their program before 1 January 2021. Grandfathered students will not be disadvantaged by the student contribution changes. If you are studying courses where the student contribution has decreased, you will be charged the decreased rates. If you are studying courses where the student contribution has increased, you will be charged the lower grandfathered rates.

Students who are not grandfathered, will be charged the new student contribution rates. Further information is available on the Study Assist website.

Continuing students commenced before 1 January 2021

2021 grandfathered student contribution amounts 

Student Contribution
Band
Disciplines in each bandStudent
Contribution
(per EFTSL)
Band 1Agriculture, Clinical Psychology (postgraduate accredited program)**, Education, English, Foreign Languages, Mathematics, Nursing, Statistics$3,950
GF Band 1Communications, Professional Pathway Psychology**, Professional Pathway Social Work**, Society and Culture, Visual and Performing Arts $6,804
Band 2Allied Health, Built Environment, Computing, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Other Health, Pathology, Science, Surveying$7,950
Band 3Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science$11,300
GF Band 3Accounting, Administration, Commerce, Economics, Law$11,355

** band is determined by program

You will be charged the 2021 grandfathered student contribution rates if:
- you were at any time before 1 Jan 2021, a Commonwealth supported student in relation to a course in your program; and
- you commenced a program before 1 Jan 2021, and did not complete the program by the 31 Dec 2020; or
- you completed a program on or before 31 December 2020 and, on or after the 1 Jan 2021 you commence the honours program that relates to the earlier program and leads to a higher education honours award; or
- in 2020 you were undertaking an enabling program and, on or after 1 Jan 2021, you commence another program that is leading to a higher education award; or
- in 2020 you were undertaking a higher education award undergraduate certificate program and, on or after 1 Jan 2021, you commence another higher qualification program that relates to the undergraduate certificate and is leading to a bachelor degree.

New student contribution bands from 1 January 2021

2021 new student contribution amounts

Student contribution bandDisciplines in each bandStudent Contribution (per EFTSL)
Band 1Agriculture, English, Mathematics, Education, Clinical Psychology (postgraduate accredited program)**, Indigenous and Foreign Languages, Nursing, Statistics$3,950
Band 2Other Health, Allied Health, Built Environment, Computing, Engineering, Surveying, Science, Environmental Studies, Pathology, Visual and Performing Arts, Professional Pathway Psychology**, Professional Pathway Social Work**$7,950
Band 3Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Science$11,300
Band 4Law, Accounting, Administration, Economics, Commerce, Communications, Society and Culture$14,500

** band is determined by program

2020 student contribution amounts

Contribution band / course (subject) discipline
Annual amount
1 EFTSL
(120 credit point)
Amount per
0.125 EFTSL
(15 credit point)
Band 1: Humanities, behavioural science, social studies, education, clinical psychology, foreign languages, visual and performing arts, nursing $6,684 $835
Band 2: Computing, built environment, other health, allied health, engineering, surveying, agriculture, mathematics, statistics, science $9,527 $1,190
Band 3: Law, dentistry, medicine, veterinary science, accounting, administration, economics, commerce $11,155 $1,394

* Students who commenced their program before 1 January 2010 will be charged for education and nursing courses at the student contribution amount of $5,254 per EFTSL in 2020.