Approved institutions and courses for student payments
Approved education institutions and courses for the purposes of eligibility for student payments are listed in the Student Assistance (Education Institutions and Courses) Determination 2019.
Masters by coursework approval for student payments
The Department of Social Services conducts an assessment process at least once a year where higher education providers may submit their professionally oriented masters by coursework programs for assessment against the criteria set out in the Guidelines for the approval of Masters courses for student payments (the Guidelines).
Masters by coursework programs may be approved where the course is the minimum legal or professional educational requirement, or the fastest pathway or the only pathway to gain an entry-level qualification for a profession offered by the higher education provider. Courses that do not meet one of these criteria cannot be approved for student payments.
The Department of Social Services assesses applications in accordance with the Guidelines and eligible masters courses are submitted to the Minister for Social Services for consideration and potential approval.
Higher education providers are responsible for submitting masters by coursework programs for assessment. Students are unable to submit courses for assessment.
Students who have queries about masters courses should contact their higher education provider, and should contact the Services Australia on 13 2490 for further information or queries about student payments.
A one-off supplementary masters by coursework assessment round is being conducted for the first half of 2021, in recognition that many higher education providers have restructured or expanded their course offerings due to reforms in the education sector and the COVID-19 pandemic.
Applications for the 2021 supplementary assessment round opened on Monday 29 March 2021 and will close at 11:59pm on 16 April 2021. Out-of-round applications will not be accepted.
Applications must be emailed to the Department of Social Services at email@example.com
- Guidelines for the approval of Masters courses for student payments
- Approved Masters course name change. Higher Education Providers should complete and submit an Approved masters course name change form if an approved course’s name has changed. If the approved course’s content has been significantly changed, the course should be resubmitted for approval.
- Request for Masters course removal form. Higher Education Providers should complete and submit a Request for Masters course removal form, to advise if a course is discontinued and should be removed from the Determination.