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) and receive funding for these ‘Commonwealth supported places’ (CSPs). This arrangement is known as the ‘demand driven funding system’.
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:
- Higher education providers’ 2017 Commonwealth Grant Scheme funding agreements.
- Higher education providers’ 2014-2016 Commonwealth Grant Scheme funding agreements.
- Higher education providers’ 2013 Commonwealth Grant Scheme funding agreements.
Administration of the CGS
The CGS is administered by:
Funding Policy and Legislation Branch
Higher Education Group
Australian Government Department of Education and Training
Enquiries can be emailed to: CGS@education.gov.au.