Tertiary Access Payment (TAP)

The Tertiary Access Payment (TAP) is a payment of $5,000 to school leavers from outer regional or remote areas who relocate to undertake full time, higher-level tertiary education (Certificate IV and above), either face to face or in dual delivery method for at least part of the course, and their home is more than 90 minutes from their education provider.

The payment helps outer regional and remote school leavers with the increased costs associated with relocating to a new city or town to undertake tertiary study and provide support for your first year of study. Though it cannot cover all costs, it can contribute towards the expense of moving, such as the bond for your accommodation, assistance with rent and other household bills as well as textbooks and study supplies.


$5000 paid in 2 instalments in your first year of study; $3000 in semester one and $2000 in semester two.


You must:

  • be an Australian Citizen or meet permanent residency requirements
  • be from an outer regional, remote or very remote area (go to the Student Regional Area Search tool to check your area)
  • be relocating to study at an education provider that is at least 90 minutes by public transport from your home
  • undertaking eligible tertiary study at a registered higher education provider in Australia at the next available opportunity in the year immediately following your completion of Year 12 or a Year 12 equivalent course (or the first available semester of your chosen course if the course has a mid-year, or later, start)
  • enrolled in a Certificate IV or above qualification, with a course duration of at least one academic year
  • enrolled in full-time study over one academic year

Additionally, your parent/guardian(s) must have a combined annual income of less than $250,000.

How to Apply

Applications are currently open. Complete the application form linked on this page and send it to scholarships@westernsydney.edu.au attaching all relevant documentation.