Indigenous Accommodation Scholarship (IAS)

If you are an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander student from interstate or rural/regional Victoria, will be enrolled full-time in a bachelor degree program at RMIT in 2018, and can demonstrate financial disadvantage, this scholarship can provide assistance.

Value and duration

The scholarship provides up to $10,000 per year for the standard duration of program plus one semester.

A once off assistance maybe available during your program of up to $500 to assist with flights for students who have moved from interstate after the completion of your first year, and for those who are not Abstudy recipients.


To be eligible for this scholarship you must:

  • be an Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander student
  • be an Australian citizen
  • be enrolled full-time in an associate or bachelor degree, or a postgraduate by coursework program at RMIT in standard semester 1 and 2 in 2018 (part-time study will be considered in exceptional circumstances)
  • be able to demonstrate financial disadvantage such as:
    • receiving a Government tested low income benefit or having a Centrelink Health Care Card
  • be relocating or have relocated from interstate or rural/regional Victoria to study in Melbourne within the last four years
  • be registered with the Ngarara Willim Centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and provide proof of your Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander descent by the application close date
  • not currently be receiving an Indigenous Accommodation Scholarship or an Indigenous Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarship at RMIT or have already received eight semesters of an Indigenous Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarship.

Any educational disadvantage will be taken into consideration in addition to the above when selecting recipients.

To be eligible for the once off flight assistance for interstate students, you must have completed your first year of study and must not be in receipt of Abstudy as this has an included Fares Allowance.

How to apply

Applications can be submitted direct to RMIT or through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC) however, it is preferred that you apply direct to RMIT for this scholarship.

Direct to RMIT applications

Complete the online application by the close date. Multiple applications will not be considered; only your first application will be assessed.

In order to be considered for this scholarship, you must submit a complete online application. Partial applications will not be assessed.

Supporting documentation

Ensure that you have your supporting documentation ready to upload in order to complete your application. Applications without supporting documentation will not be considered.

Please refer to the Supporting Documentation – Financial and Educational Disadvantage Guide (PDF, 218kb, 2pgs) which outlines acceptable forms of supporting documentation.

Find out more about applying for scholarships.

VTAC applications

Apply online through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC) website (

Open date

Direct to RMIT applications now open.

VTAC applications open 7 August 2017.

Close date

Direct to RMIT applications close 11:59PM Sunday 19 November 2017. No late applications will be accepted.

VTAC applications close 5pm Friday 13 October 2017.

Terms and conditions

View the Coursework Scholarship Office’s Scholarships and Grants Terms and Condition (PDF 464kb, 30p) and the Commonwealth Indigenous Student Assistance Grants Guidelines 2017.

Note: Students studying their first year on a RMIT Village Accommodation or UniLodge@RMIT Bundoora Accommodation Scholarship will have the rent deducted from this value.

All recipients must attend a budgeting workshop to first receive the scholarship.

Continued eligibility

  • Demonstrated commitment and participation with the RMIT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community
  • Completion of a survey at the beginning of each semester that includes providing continued financial and residency eligibility
  • Must maintain satisfactory academic performance, which will be viewed at the completion of each semester

If you are in receipt of this scholarship, you are ineligible to receive:

  • the Commonwealth’s Relocation Scholarship administered by Centrelink
  • RMIT funded scholarships such as the RMIT Accommodation Education Scholarship

Further info

If eligible, you can also apply for:

Additional services and financial support may be available through the Ngarara Willim Centre. Please contact them for further information.


Coursework Scholarships Office

Notice to applicants

The scholarship application process is highly competitive with a limited number of scholarships available. Unfortunately, not all eligible applicants will receive one.

Successful candidates will be notified via email to their RMIT student email account by 31 March 2018. Only successful candidates will be contacted. If you have not received an offer by 31 March 2018, your application has been unsuccessful.