Tertiary Access Payment - Applications open now

Published: Sunday, 13 November 2022
Tertiary and Vocational Education and Training

Tertiary Access Payment – APPLY NOW!!! 

The Tertiary Access Payment is a one-off, means tested (parental income under $250,000) payment for inner regional, outer regional, remote or very remote students commencing tertiary study in Semester 1 or Semester 2 in the year following year 12, of up to $5000, to assist with the cost of relocation – start-up expenses, cost of living, direct costs of education or training and the cost of travelling home in semester breaks.

Visit here for full details on the Tertiary Access Payment including application. 

Are You?

  • An inner regional, outer regional, remote or very remote school-leaver AND
  • Relocating at least 90 mins from family home by public transport to commence a higher-level tertiary education AND 
  • Studying a full-time university course, a Vocational Education and Training (VET) course or other higher education course (Certificate IV or above) AND
  • Commencing study in the year immediately following completion of year 12 or equivalent.

Application Details:


If you are eligible, you can claim the Tertiary Access Payment from 1 January in your first year of tertiary study.

All applicants apply through Services Australia. Application details available here.

Applications close 31 December in your first year of tertiary study.

Students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

TAP can be paid in addition to Youth Allowance/ABSTUDY, the Relocation Scholarship and the Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships.