Financial aid


Further information

  • Rent assistance
  • Guide to dealing with Centrelink


Centrelink can be contacted in the following ways:

Opening hours for Centrelink are 8:00am to 4:30pm, Monday to Friday.

The UWA Student Guild can also help members with Centrelink enquiries.


ABSTUDY is a government scheme aimed at encouraging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to take advantage of educational opportunities, to promote equity of educational opportunity and to improve educational outcomes.


To be eligible for ABSTUDY, you must be:

  • an Australian citizen
  • an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
  • able to meet academic rules such as studying in an approved course.

You must be undertaking at least 75 per cent of a normal full-time study load for that course. If your course is a semester based course you must meet the 75 per cent rule each semester. You cannot "average" your study load across the full academic year. There are a few exceptions to the "75 per cent rule" - you can check these exceptions with Centrelink.


Full details of the ABSTUDY scheme, including eligibility and residency requirements and how to claim ABSTUDY are provided on the Human Services website. Alternatively, you can visit your local Centrelink office to collect an information booklet.

If you are eligible for ABSTUDY you may also be entitled to Rent Assistance.

You should be aware that 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.