Postgraduate Commonwealth Support

Most Postgraduate students pay tuition fees, however, limited Postgraduate Commonwealth Supported Places are available to eligible students in some UNSW programs, listed below. Commonwealth Supported Places are not available to students undertaking study at UNSW Canberra at ADFA or the UNSW Business School (including AGSM MBA Programs).

A Commonwealth Supported Place is a higher education place for which the Government makes a contribution towards the cost of the student's education. Students pay a Student Contribution amount (previously known as HECS charges), which varies depending on courses undertaken. For a definition of Commonwealth Support refer to Study Assist.

How to apply

Applications are submitted either directly to UNSW or the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). Please refer to Apply Online for details and application closing dates.

Students who receive an offer for a Commonwealth supported place (outlined in offer letter) are required to accept their offer and complete the ‘Request for a Commonwealth Supported Place and HECS-HELP Loan’ Commonwealth Assistance Form (CAF) electronically. The electronic CAF will be offered to eligible students as part of the ‘Part 2’ online acceptance and enrolment process by the relevant census date.  

Please see Getting Started for more information on acceptance.

Important: Commonwealth supported places are subject to availability at the time of application. If you are enrolled or intending to enrol in the following programs please note that a Commonwealth Supported Place is not guaranteed and may only be available in specific teaching periods.

Available programs in 2018

Art & Design


9314 Master of Art

5307 Graduate Diploma in Art

7307 Graduate Certificate in Art

Curating and Cultural Leadership

9318 Master of Curating and Cultural Leadership

5312 Graduate Diploma in Cultural Leadership


9313 Master of Design

5306 Graduate Diploma in Design


Only available to existing UNSW students (continuing or transfer):

9307 Master of Art

9302 Master of Art Administration

9304 Master of Design

7318 Graduate Certificate in Cultural Leadership

7303 Graduate Certificate in Design

7306 Graduate Certificate in Design

Arts & Social Sciences

Counselling Social Work

8930 Master of Counselling Social Work

Development Studies

8942 Master of Development Studies


8910 Master of Education

8960 Master of Educational Leadership

8925 Master of Teaching (Primary)

8926 Master of Teaching (Secondary)

7401 Graduate Certificate in Education

7960 Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership

7327 Graduate Certificate in Teaching

7375 Graduate Certificate in University Learning and Teaching

Interpreting and Translation

8202 Master of Interpreting 

8203 Master of Translation

8204 Master of Translation and Interpreting


Programs not accepting new enrolments (CSP places only available to continuing students):

8225 Master of Arts

8939 Master of Development Studies

8619 Master of Environmental Management

5926 Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary)

Built Environment


8143 Master of Architecture

Landscape Architecture

8136Master of Landscape Architecture


8148 Master of City Planning


Only available to existing UNSW students (continuing or transfer):

8147 Master of Planning

8127 Master of Property and Development


There are a limited number of Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) available to eligible students in certain Engineering degrees and streams. For more information, please see the Engineering website.


9150 Juris Doctor

Note: This program offers both DFEE and CSP rates. See for more information.


Health Data Science

7372 Graduate Certificate in Health Data Science

9372 Master of Health Data Science

Health Management*

8901 Master or Health Management

8902 Master of Health Management (Extension)

5509 Graduate Diploma in Health Management

7360 Graduate Certificate in Health Management

Public Health*

9045 Master of Public Health

5507 Graduate Diploma in Public Health

7368 Graduate Certificate in Public Health

9046 Master of Public Health (Extension)

International Public Health

9048 Master of International Public Health

5567 Graduate Diploma in International Public Health

7367 Graduate Certificate in International Public Health

Infectious Diseases Intelligence

8362 Master of Infectious Diseases Intelligence

5362 Graduate Diploma in Infectious Diseases Intelligence

7362 Graduate Certificate in Infectious Diseases Intelligence

Dual Degrees

9047 Master of Public Health / Health Management

9043 Master of International Public Health / Master of Public Health

9044 Master of International Public Health / Master of Health Management

9052 Master of Int’l Public Health (Extn)/ Master of Public Health

9054 Master of Int’l Public Health/ Master of Public Health (Extn)

9056 Master of Public Health (Extn)/ Master of Health Management

9057 Master of Public Health/Master of Health Management (Extn)

9059 Master of Public Health/Master of Infectious Disease Intelligence

* Note: All programs in Public Health / Health Management offer both DFEE and CSP places. Please refer to for more information


Mathematics and Statistics

8719 Master of Mathematic

8161 Master of Financial Mathematics

8750 Master of Statistics

5659 Graduate Diploma in Statistics

7659 Graduate Certificate in Statistics

Ocular Therapy

7436 Graduate Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics


8095 Master of Clinical Optometry


8256 Master of Psychology (Clinical)

8257 Master of Psychology (Forensic)


5304 Graduate Diploma (Research)

UNSW Business School