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 2009 (No. 2) on Federal Register of Legislation.

Masters by coursework approval for student payments

Each year, the Department of Social Services conducts an assessment process 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 Department of Human Services on 13 2490 for further information or queries about student payments.

Applications for the 2018 assessment round are now open. Submissions must be received by COB 16 February 2018. Late applications will not be accepted.

Applications for the 2018 assessment round should be emailed to the Department of Social Services at

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