Centrelink Approved Masters Programs

Eligible Students undertaking the following Masters* programs are able to access Youth Allowance, Austudy and the Pensioner Education Supplement:

  • Bachelor of Medical Studies/Doctor of Medicine 3805*
  • Bachelor of Medical Studies/Doctor of Medicine, Bachelor of Arts 3855*
  • Master of Actuarial Studies - 8411
  • Master of Architecture - 8143
  • Master of Arts in Interpreting and Translation Studies (MAITS) 8225
  • Master of Arts (Extension) Interpreting and Translation - 8229
  • Master of Biomedical Engineering - 86603048, 3683, 3688, 3723, 37273728, 3749, 3138, 3757
  • Master of City Planning - 8148
  • Master of Commerce (Banking) - 8404
  • Master of Commerce (Finance) - 8404
  • Master of Commerce (Human Resources Management) - 8404
  • Master of Financial Planning - 9273
  • Master of Health Management - 8901
  • Master of Information Technology - 8543
  • Master of International Public Health - 9048
  • Master of Interpreting - 8202
  • Master of Planning - 8147
  • Master of Professional Accounting - 8409
  • Master of Psychology (Clinical) - 8256
  • Master of Psychology (Forensic) - 8257
  • Master of Psychology (Organisational) - 8258
  • Master of Public Health 9045
  • Master of Teaching (Secondary) - 8926
  • Master of Translation - 8203
  • Master of Translation and Interpreting - 8204
  • Juris Doctor - 9150

*The B Med MD and B Med MD BA programs have been approved for Centrelink payments at the undergraduate level.

For further information on Australian Government financial help available to students, please refer to the Centrelink ‘Payments for students and trainees’ webpage.

How programs are selected

Each year, the Australian Government Department of Social Services invites higher education providers to submit applications for professionally oriented Masters by coursework Programs to be considered for approval for student payments.

The eligibility guidelines require that the Masters Program is essential for entry to, or employment in a profession, and:

  • the qualification is the minimum requirement for registration with a professional body and for entry to a profession; or
  • the course provides the fastest pathway to professional entry offered by the higher education provider; or
  • the course is the only pathway to professional entry offered by the higher education provider.

The Department of Social Services assesses applications in accordance with the Guidelines, and eligible Masters Programs are submitted to the Minister for Social Services for consideration and approval. UNSW is advised of the outcomes and updates the list of approved Programs, generally twice a year.