Tertiary Access Payment (TAP) Program

22 Dec 2020

 Please note from 1 January, 2022 the Tertiary Access Payment will be applied for via Services Australia.

Criteria: High School Leaver/Rural 
Stage: High School Leaver 
Value: $3,000-5,000 
Duration: 1 year 
Residency: Australian citizen/Perm Resident/Humanitarian visa 
Opens: From 1 January, 2022 applications will be via Services Australia
Closes: Please refer to Services Australia for more information

The Tertiary Access Payment (TAP) aims to encourage students in inner regional, outer regional and remote Australia to access high-level tertiary study (Certificate IV or above) in the year immediately following Year 12, rather than taking a gap year.

Payment rates will vary

In 2022, eligible students from outer regional, remote, and very remote areas will continue to receive up to $5,000 in two payments, and students from inner regional areas will receive a single payment of $3,000.

If you wish to know more about the TAP, further information is available at Services Australia. 

Eligibility requirements

The TAP will be available for school leavers who are:

  • From an inner regional, outer regional, remote or very remote area (eligibility can be checked by using the Student Regional Area Search Tool)
  • Are relocating to study at UNSW at least 90 minutes by public transport from their family home
  • Be aged between 16 - 22 at time of enrolment
  • Be undertaking an undergraduate degree in the Term 1 2022 immediately following completion of Year 12 or equivalent with no gap year 
  • Be studying face to face, or in dual delivery method, for at least part of the course and enrolled in at least 75 per cent of a full time study load over a 12 month periodYou will need to enrol in 36-48 UOC across the three standard terms with at least one course enrolment in each term.A Full-time Status Tool is available to help you plan your year and ensure that you meet the full-time requirement in each term. 
  • Be enrolled full time in a Diploma or Bachelor Degree, with a course duration of at least one academic year
  • Have parent(s) or guardian(s) with a combined income of less than $250,000
  • Meet Australian citizenship or permanent residency requirements


Eligible candidates will be considered in order of completed application submission. 

How to Apply

From 2022 all appications will be via Services Australia

Along with your application, you must submit the following supporting documentation: 

  • Evidence of Australian citizenship, permanent residency (if Newly Arrived Resident's Waiting Period has been served), holding a permanent humanitarian visa or being a New Zealand citizen meeting Australian Residence rules under section 7 of the Social Security Act 1991
  • Proof of residence in an outer regional, remote or very remote area in Australia
  • Indicative evidence of where the Applicant will relocate to at point of application, followed by confirmation of the new address once the Applicant has relocated
  • Evidence of parental income such as 2019-2020 tax returns (preferred), payslips, a letter from employer or accountant


Please refer to the following documentation:

Tertiary Access Payment Flyer 2022

Higher Education Support for Regional Australians