Postgraduate Commonwealth Support

Whilst the majority of postgraduate places at UNSW are Domestic Fee Paying there are certain programs which have an allocation of Commonwealth support funding. These places are limited in each program and even though they are listed below, do not guarantee a Commonwealth supported place if you are granted an offer of admission.

Programs not listed here have no Commonwealth supported funding and are Domestic Fee Paying only. If you are a Domestic fee Paying student you may be eligible for FEE-HELP, but you are not eligible for the subsidised tuition under Commonwealth support.

What is a Commonwealth supported place?

A Commonwealth Supported Place is a higher education place for which the Commonwealth Government contributes towards the cost of your education, thereby subsidising your tuition cost. You pay the subsidised amount only, which is referred to as your Student Contribution amount, which varies depending on courses undertaken. Your student contribution amount may be deferred under HECS-HELP, or paid upfont at the start of each term/semester, depending on your eligibility. For a definition of Commonwealth Support refer to Study Assist.

How to apply

You should submit your application for admission either directly to UNSW or the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC), depending on your program. Please refer to Apply Online for details and application closing dates.

If you receive an offer for a Commonwealth supported place (outlined in your offer letter), you will be required to complete the ‘Request for a Commonwealth Supported Place and HECS-HELP Loan’ Commonwealth Assistance Form (CAF) electronically, as part of your acceptance process. The electronic CAF will be presented to you during ‘Part 2’ of the online acceptance and enrolment process. It is important to note that you must complete this contract to be eligible for Commonwealth support and it must be submitted before the census date of your enrolment.

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.

Additional Commonwealth Supported Places for "short courses"

Additional Commonwealth Supported Places for "short courses" (UNSW Graduate Certificates programs)

The Government has allocated additional Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) for "short courses" (UNSW Graduate Certificates programs) to commence in Term 1 and/ or Term 2 (Semester 1 for Canberra programs) 2021 only. The list of "short courses" (UNSW Graduate Certificates programs) can be found on the Course Seeker website

Available programs in 2021

Arts, Design & Architecture


Curating and Cultural Leadership

7318 Graduate Certificate in Cultural Leadership

5312 Graduate Diploma in Cultural Leadership

9318 Master of Curating and Cultural Leadership


5306 Graduate Diploma in Design

7306 Graduate Certificate in Design

9313 Master of Design

Only available to existing UNSW students for transfer:

5307 Graduate Diploma in Art

9314 Master of Art



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

Translation and Interpreting

8202 Master of Interpreting

8203 Master of Translation

8204 Master of Translation and Interpreting

International Relations

8233 Master of International relations

Environmental Management

7339 Graduate Certificate in Environmental Management

8623 Master of Environmental Management



7123 Graduate Certificate in Construction Project Management


8143 Master of Architecture


7148 Graduate Certificate in City Planning

8148 Master of City Planning



Engineering Science

7320 Graduate Certificate in Engineering Science

5341 Graduate Diploma in Engineering Science

8338 Master of Engineering Science

Information Technology

7543 Graduate Certificate in Computing

5543 Graduate Diploma in Information Technology

8543 Master of Information Technology

Biomedical Engineering

8660 Master of Biomedical Engineering

Law & Justice

9150 Juris Doctor

Note: This program offers both Domestic Fee paying and Commonwealth Supported tuition rates. See for more information.

Medicine & Health

Health Management*

7360 Graduate Certificate in Health Management

7372 Graduate Certificate in Health Data Science

5509 Graduate Diploma in Health Management

8901 Master of Health Management

8902 Master of Health Management (Extension)

9012 Master of Forensic Mental Health

9372 Master of Health Data Science

Public Health*

7367 Graduate Certificate in Global Health

7368 Graduate Certificate in Public Health

5507 Graduate Diploma in Public Health

5512 Graduate Diploma in Forensic Mental Health

9045 Master of Public Health

9046 Master of Public Health (Extension)

International Public Health

7367 Graduate Certificate in International Public Health

9048 Master of International Public Health

Infectious Diseases Intelligence

7362 Graduate Certificate in Infectious Diseases Intelligence

5362 Graduate Diploma in Infectious Diseases Intelligence

8362 Master of Infectious Diseases Intelligence

9362 Master of Infectious Diseases Intelligence (Extension)

Dual Degrees

9041 Master of Health Management / Master of Infectious Disease Intelligence

9042 Master of International Public Health / Master of Infectious Disease Intelligence

9043 Master of International Public Health / Master of Public Health

9044 Master of International Public Health / Master of Health Management

9047 Master of Public Health / Health Management

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

9053 Master of Int’l Public Health (Extn) / Master of Health Management

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

9363 Master of Public Health/Infectious Diseases Intelligence (Extension)

9364 Master of International Public Health/Infectious Diseases Intelligence (Extension)

9365 Master of Health Management/Infectious Diseases Intelligence (Extension)

9366 Master of Public Health (Extension)/Infectious Diseases Intelligence

9367 Master of International Public Health (Extension)/Infectious Diseases Intelligence

* Note: All programs in Public Health / Health Management offer both Domestic Fee paying and Commonwealth Supported tuition places. Please refer to for more information


Mathematics and Statistics

8719 Master of Mathematics

8161 Master of Financial Mathematics

8750 Master of Statistics

5659 Graduate Diploma in Mathematics and Statistics

7659 Graduate Certificate in Mathematics and Statistics

7959 Graduate Certificate in Data Science and Decisions

Ocular Therapy

7433 Graduate Certificate in Myopia Management

7436 Graduate Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics


7435 Graduate Certificate in Optometry

8095 Master of Clinical Optometry


8256 Master of Psychology (Clinical)

8257 Master of Psychology (Forensic)


5304 Graduate Diploma (Research)

7317 Graduate Certificate in Food Science

7066 Graduate Certificate in Commercial Biotechnology

UNSW Business School

7456 Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics

7415 Graduate Certificate in Digital Innovation


UNSW Canberra

7353 Graduate Certificate in Space Operations

7328 Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security

7329 Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security Operations

7467 Graduate Certificate in Systems Engineering

7634 Graduate Certificate in Operations Analysis