21 Dec 2009
Commonwealth Scholarships Program 2010
The Commonwealth Scholarships Program has been revised for 2010 where it will offer scholarships for Indigenous students and those students who were in receipt of a Commonwealth Scholarship in 2009.
Students who currently receive a Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarship (CECS) or a Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarship (CAS), and who maintain their eligibility, will continue to receive their Commonwealth Scholarship payments until their scholarship entitlement has been consumed.
Further details on the application, selection and offer process for Indigenous Commonwealth Scholarships, please contact the Scholarships Office on 02 9514 2527 or 02 9514 2413 or at firstname.lastname@example.org or UAC (www.uac.edu.au).
The proposed new Student Start-up Scholarship and the proposed new Relocation Scholarship Legislation to introduce these new scholarships has not been approved by the Parliament. The Government has indicated that it intends to bring its legislation back to the Parliament early in 2010. Following the passage of legislation, these scholarships will be administered by Centrelink.
Changes to Youth Allowance Legislation to introduce the Government’s proposed changes to Youth Allowance has not been approved by the Parliament. This means current rules for Youth Allowance, Austudy and ABSTUDY continue to apply. The Government has indicated that it intends to bring its legislation back to the Parliament early in 2010.
Students who may be considering taking a gap year before going to university should be aware that the current arrangements would change if the Government’s legislation is approved. Information on the progress of the proposed changes is available at: http://www.deewr.gov.au/YouthAllowance Students can monitor progress on the proposed changes to student income support by visiting http://www.deewr.go.au/YouthAllowance.
For information about current entitlements, students can contact Centrelink by phone on 13 24 90 or visit Centrelink’s website at http://www.centrelink.gov.au.