Commonwealth supported places

A Commonwealth supported place is a place within a course which is subsidised by the Australian Government.


If you have a fee category of Domestic Commonwealth Supported [year] on your Letter of Offer you are eligible to receive a Commonwealth supported place. You can find the list of Commonwealth supported courses at the Fee Calculator.

In a Commonwealth supported place your fees are split into two portions:

  • The student contribution, which is the portion you pay. You may be able to defer your student contribution with government assistance.
  • The Commonwealth contribution, which is the portion paid by the Australian Government.

Only the student contribution portion will appear on your invoice. 

You will only be entitled to the Commonwealth contribution if you have confirmed your Commonwealth supported place and your student contribution has been either paid upfront or deferred to a loan.

How do I confirm my Commonwealth supported place?

If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place you must confirm your place by completing the online Commonwealth Assistance Form (CAF) when you first enrol in your course. This applies to all Commonwealth supported students, including those students who cannot defer their fees. Your fees will not calculate if you have not completed this form.

If you transfer to a new course with a Commonwealth supported place you will need to complete another Commonwealth Assistance Form. Your fees will not calculate if you have not completed this form.

Any communication regarding outstanding fees will be sent to the email address you have provided. If your email address changes, it is important that you update it via My Info.

For more information about Commonwealth supported places, see Study Assist.