Postgraduate Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP)

Postgraduate Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP)

A Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) can save you a significant amount of money on your tuition fees, in some cases up to 40% per cent on the cost of full-fee graduate study. Information on Commonwealth Supported fee amounts is available of our fee calculator.

Postgraduate CSPs are very limited in number and highly competitive. There is application process for a CSP. As a domestic student, if you receive an offer for a commonwealth supported place and enrol into a subject prior to or on census date, having completed a Request for Commonwealth Assistance and HECS HELP form (eCAF form), you will have a CSP. Note places are limited.

Note: The CSP supported Postgraduate courses for 2021 are as follows:

……and remember all of these Postgraduate Certificates give you full credits into a Master Degree.


For CSPs offered for the above Graduate Certificate programs in 2021, the CSP benefits will only be available for all subjects taken for the remainder of 2021, indicated on the Fees schedule. If you do not complete the program by the end of 2021, any further subject enrolments will be billed on a full-fee basis.

At this stage, there will be no Commonwealth Supported Places offered to postgraduate students or applicants other than for those applicants going into the government supported postgraduate certificate courses.


  • You must be a domestic student ie Australian citizen, New Zealand citizen, Australian Permanent Resident or holder of a humanitarian visa.
  • You must be a commencing Graduate Certificate student.
  • You must complete the Graduate Certificate in the one study period (T3 2021)
  • You must complete the Government eCAF (electronic Commonwealth Assistance Form) to get confirmation of your CSP and access to HECS HELP (see information link below)
    Non-award study is not eligible.
  • You must complete the eCAF for HECS HELP

Selection for CSPs is managed by ICMS’s central admissions office and is based purely on a first come fist serve basis.

From 1 January 2021, new higher education students will need a Unique Student Identifier (USI) in order to be eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) or Commonwealth financial assistance HECS-HELP, and FEE-HELP.

From 1 January 2023, all higher education students, including those who commenced prior to 2021, must have a USI in order to graduate and receive their award.

For more information, please visit – Unique Student Identifier

Click here for more information about HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP 


You are expected to take up the Commonwealth Supported Place in the study period for which it was offered. Requests to defer a CSP will not be considered.

If you withdraw from your program, the Commonwealth Supported Place is forfeited.

You will be subject to the usual rules of the program for which you are enrolled. Student contribution amounts for new and continuing students by ICMS are assessed in accordance with the amount stipulated by the Government for Commonwealth supported students.