Indigenous Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarships

Amount$5199Number Available5FacultiesFaculty of Business and LawFaculty of Education and ArtsFaculty of Engineering and Built EnvironmentFaculty of Health and MedicineFaculty of Science and Information Technology

The objectives of the Commonwealth Scholarships (CS) Program are to facilitate choice in higher education for, and increase higher education participation by, students from low socio-economic backgrounds, in particular Indigenous students who have lived in a regional or remote area.

All applications are managed by Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). Whether you are expecting an offer of admission or you are a continuing student, please visit and download the current Equity Scholarships Booklet.

Applications are currently open here

Applicable to: Commonwealth, Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, ATSI, Equity, Financial Disadvantage, Relocation, Accommodation, Regional, Remote, Undergraduate, Commencing, Continuing.

Required Documentation

If documentation is not provided your application will not be processed. Please have all required documents available for upload as PDF, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, or JPG files prior to completing the online application process.

  • Please refer to UAC Application requirements
  • Further to your UAC application, you will need Confirmation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Status in accordance with University of Newcastle policy. Please contact for more information.

This Scholarship provides a total benefit of $5199 per annum, payable in instalments of $2599.50 after each semester census date.

This scholarship can be received for a maximum of eight semesters of study and the benefit amount is indexed annually. The scholarships has a total value of approximately $20,800 over the full tenure of the scholarship.

Ongoing eligibility will need to be met each semester.


Selection is based on the information provided in the Equity Scholarship application and supporting documentation. Applications are ranked against the eligibility criteria and scholarship offers are made to applicants who best meet this criteria. The number of scholarships available is subject to funding. It may be the case that not all eligible applicants will receive an offer the first time they apply.

Academic merit may be considered.

  • Faculty of Business and Law
  • Faculty of Education and Arts
  • Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
  • Faculty of Health and Medicine
  • Faculty of Science and Information Technology

Contact Details


Student Services Centre
University of Newcastle
University Drive

Phone: +61 2 4921 5000
Fax: +61 2 4921 5759