Commonwealth Supported Students

A Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) is one that is subsidised by the Commonwealth and applicable only to Domestic students. This means that the Australian Government pays part of your fees towards your course, therefore reducing your course fees, and the remaining amount is paid by you, this is considered your Student Contribution.

At Western all Undergraduate Award courses and a selection of Postgraduate Award courses offer Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) to Domestic Students. These places are competitive and only offered at point of admission.

The Australian Government determines the amount of subsidy it will contribute to an Undergraduate or Postgraduate Award Course according to its National Priorities and by the Field of Education to which a unit of study, under that Award course, is classified.

The Fields of Education are grouped into Student Contribution Band levels, 1 through to 4, and outlined here at Student Contribution Bands.

What’s New in 2021

On 19 October 2020, the Job-ready Graduates Package – Higher Education Reforms were passed in parliament.

Changes delivered under this package impact the subsidy toward Commonwealth Supported Places according to newly defined funding clusters that correlate to the Australian Government’s National Priorities.

The new Student Contribution Bands are effective 1 January 2021.

CSP Students who commenced their Award course (and passed through a Census date) in 2020 or earlier may be eligible to Grandfathered fees. Refer to our Student Contribution Bands page for more information on CSP Grandfathered Fees.

The Job-ready Graduates Package includes the return of the 10% discount for HECS-HELP eligible students who make an upfront payment of $500 or more towards their session’s tuition fees on or before the Census date.

For more information on these reforms and more, please visit the Job-ready Graduates Package – Higher Education Reforms (opens in a new window) page.

Step 1: Find out your Student Contribution

The easiest way to find out how much your Student Contribution will be is to look up your electronic Statement of Account (eSOA) in the Fee Records section of  My Student Records (MySR) (opens in a new window). Your eSOA details the units you are enrolled in, how much you need to pay, the due date and methods of payment. Please make sure all details on your eSOA are correct before census date.

Please note that if you change your enrolment by adding or dropping units after you have paid, but before the session census date, you may have to pay additional fees. Depending on the contribution bands of the changed units, you may also become eligible for a refund (payable after census) or find your fees are unchanged.

Find out more about your Statement of Account

How can I work out my Student contribution in advance?

To work out how much your Student Contribution will be before you receive your eSOA, you will first need to find out the Student Contribution band your units fit into based on their general discipline area.

You can then use the Student Contribution calculator to work out the total amount of your contribution.

Find out more about Student Contribution bands

Find out more about Student Contribution calculations

Step 2: Find out about HELP options

The Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) is a range of loans introduced by the Australian Government from 2005 to provide fee payment assistance to eligible students. Loans are for Australian citizens studying in Australia or overseas. Permanent residents who hold a humanitarian visa are also eligible if studying in Australia.

If eligible you may be able to defer all or part of your Student Contribution through the HECS-HELP loan program. You may also be eligible for OS-HELP if undertaking studies overseas.

New Zealand citizens and holders of an Australian permanent resident visa (other than an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) are generally not entitled to HECS-HELP assistance. If you are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident your Student Contribution amount must be paid in full by the census date.

However, the Australian Government has passed new legislation that changes the way some New Zealand citizens, who hold a Special Category Visa (SCV), studying in Australia will pay their fees. More information is available on the Changes to fees for New Zealand Citizens webpage.

Find out more about HECS-HELP

Find out more about OS-HELP

Step 3: Manage your finances

Fee deadlines

Deadlines for dealing with your fees are based on University census dates. You need to have paid your fees by this date each session. If you want to defer all or part of your fees, you need to have provided your Tax File Number (TFN) as part of your HECS-HELP application by this date.

Find out more about census dates

Payment options

The University offers a number of ways to make payment including credit card and BPay.

Find out more about paying your fees

Step 4: Check your eCAN

Your electronic Commonwealth Assistance Notice (eCAN) is an official record of your fees and enrolment. You need to check this to make sure all details are correct. Your eCAN will be available in My Student Records (MySR) within 28 days of the approved census date.

Find out more about Commonwealth Assistance Notice (CAN)

Undergraduate medicine fees

International students becoming a Permanent Resident or Australian Citizen

If you are an International Student who gains Australian Permanent Residency status or Australian Citizenship while studying the MD, you will still be required to pay full fees as outlined below.

Commonwealth Supported Positions are limited in each intake year of the MD and no further positions can be granted to students who gain their Permanent Residency or Australian Citizenship.

  • $6,360 per 10 credit points
  • $50,880 per 80 credit points (2021 rates)

Post-2009 undergraduate medicine fees

All domestic students who started the Doctor of Medicine (previously Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery) course in 2009 or later will be Commonwealth Supported Students. HECS-HELP may be available to eligible students.

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