Commonwealth Grant Scheme (CGS)

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Commonwealth Grant Scheme Guidelines.

On 19 June 2020 the Australian Government announced the Job-ready Graduates Package (the package). Changes proposed in this package affect student contributions and provide additional support for students in regional and remote Australia. The majority of these changes will commence on 1 January 2021, subject to the passage of legislation.

We encourage both current and new students who will be studying from 1 January 2021 to talk to their current or intended higher education provider to confirm how these changes may affect their individual circumstances. Further information can be found on the Job-ready Graduates Package page.

More information on the additional support for students in regional and remote areas, including the new Tertiary Access Payment and the guaranteed Commonwealth Supported places for Indigenous students can be found on the More opportunities for regional students page.

Through the Commonwealth Grant Scheme (CGS), the Australian Government subsidises tuition costs for higher education students across a wide range of discipline areas and qualification levels. Since the beginning of 2012, public universities have been able to decide how many domestic students they enrol in bachelor level courses (excluding medicine). They receive funding for these 'Commonwealth supported places' (CSPs), up to a limit currently determined by the Minister for Education and Training.

For 'designated' courses of study (non-research postgraduate courses, medicine courses, enabling courses and courses of study leading to a diploma, advanced diploma or associate degree), the Government provides funding to public universities for an agreed number of CSPs in a given year. All other providers (non-Table A providers) are funded for CSPs based on allocations by the Government.

Each higher education provider that receives CGS funding has entered into a funding agreement with the Commonwealth. These funding agreements are available here:

Useful Links

Administration of the CGS

The CGS is administered by:

Funding and Students Branch
Higher Education Group
Australian Government Department of Education and Training

Enquiries can be emailed to: CGS@education.gov.au.