Financial aid

Income support

Further information

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Australian government resources

Emergency and community support

Contact The Financial Counsellors Association of Western Australia for free independent financial counselling on 1800 889 364 (free call) or (+61 8) 9325 1617.

Other support available:

There are several ways in which students can access financial assistance for income support.

Centrelink Assistance

Centrelink is the Australian Government Agency responsible for the payment of assistance benefits on behalf of a range of government departments. We have provided some advice on dealing with Centrelink.

There are a range of financial assistance payments available to students by way of income-tested schemes which include:

These allowances are usually paid fortnightly during the period of eligibility.

Are you or will you be studying a post graduate degree? The Department of Social Services has deemed more masters degrees to be eligible for HECS HELP.  Please see page 23 of the Student Assistance document.

As well as income support, Centrelink can also provide:

Students receiving Youth Allowance, Austudy, ABSTUDY, ABSTUDY or Pensioner Education Supplement with an Android device or iPhone may be able to make use of Centrelink's Express Plus mobile apps. There are also apps for Medicare and Child Support.

The Guild Student Assist office can help with enquiries or issues relating to Centrelink payments. Contact them for an appointment. 


Some students may be able to access one of the many scholarships offered at UWA.

Scholarships are available through the University for undergraduate and postgraduate study, as well as other study options.

Details of University scholarships, prizes and awards for undergraduate students are also available from departmental offices, faculty offices and the Future Students Office.

Some scholarship funds are treated as income by Centrelink. If you are in receipt of Centrelink benefits, it is important to advise Centrelink of any scholarship payments you may be awarded. Failure to do so may result in cancellation of your Centrelink benefits and/or penalties being applied by Centrelink.


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