20,000 additional Commonwealth supported places

The additional places will address skill shortages and give more students from under represented backgrounds the opportunity to go to university.

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About the measure

The Australian Government will invest $485.5 million to support a one-off boost of 20,000 commencing Commonwealth supported places (CSPs) in 2023 and 2024.

The additional places will provide more opportunities for Australians to enrol to study in areas of national priority. Higher education providers have been allocated places in the following areas:

  • 4,036 places in education
  • 2,600 places in nursing
  • 2,275 in IT
  • 2,740 in health professions
  • 1,738 in engineering

The remaining courses will be offered in other areas of skills shortage.

These places will focus on increasing participation for regional and remote students, those from low socio-economic backgrounds, students with a disability, First Nations students, and those who are first in family to study at university.

Selection process

Allocation of places to eligible providers were determined based on the outcomes of a competitive selection process. 

Applications

Applications opened on 16 August 2022 and closed on 19 September 2022. Allocation of places to eligible providers were determined based on the outcomes of a competitive selection process. Information on the selection criteria can be found at the program guidelines.

20,000 additional CSPs – FAQs for providers

FAQs for providers regarding the measure and the application process are available.