Tertiary Access Payment (TAP)

Apply for the Tertiary Access Payment

Submit your application on the Services Australia website.

The Tertiary Access Payment (TAP) is a one-off, non-indexed, means-tested payment of up to $5,000. It encourages and assists regional and remote students who need to relocate to access tertiary study immediately following school (Year 12 or equivalent)

About the program

To be eligible, your family home must be 90 minutes or more by public transport from your education provider. You must also be enrolled full-time in further study at Certificate IV or above.

The program is designed to help you with:

  • start-up expenses for relocation (such as travel, transport and bond for accommodation)
  • costs of living (rent and food)
  • direct costs of education or training (tuition fees, textbooks and computers)
  • the cost of travelling home in semester breaks
  • the opportunity cost of forgone income while studying.

Value & benefits

This scholarship is valued from $3,000—$5,000. 

Eligible students from outer-regional, remote and very remote areas will receive a payment of up to $5,000 which will be paid in two instalments, and

Students from inner-regional areas will receive a single payment of $3,000.


To be eligible for the TAP, you must be:

  • from an inner or outer regional, remote or very remote area (use the Student Regional Area Search tool to check eligibility)
  • relocating to study at an education provider at least 90 minutes by public transport from your family home
  • undertaking eligible tertiary study in the year immediately following completion of Year 12 or equivalent (or the first available semester of your course if the course has a mid-year, or later, start)
  • studying in person, or in dual-delivery (hybrid) method, for at least part of the course
  • enrolled in a Certificate IV or above qualification, with a course duration of at least one academic year
  • enrolled in at least 75% of a full-time study load
  • be 22 years of age or under when commencing study, and
  • have parent(s) or guardian(s) with a combined income of less than $250,000.