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.

*The Australian Government has released a Higher Education Relief Package to assist domestic students to access Commonwealth supported places in approved priority study areas. UNSW will offer Commonwealth support, in addition to the programs listed here, to new students who meet the entry requirements to study a Graduate Certificate program from Term 2 2020 under this scheme.

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.

Higher Education Relief Package Information

To support workers displaced by the COVID-19 crisis, the cost to study the following short, online Graduate Certificate programs at UNSW in identified national priority areas has been significantly discounted.

Students approved to study a Graduate Certificate listed below under the Higher Education Relief Package will be considered Commonwealth supported for the purposes of charging and HELP eligibility provided that they commence in Term 2 or Semester 2 2020. Please see the applicable Higher Education Relief Package 2020 student contribution rates. The discounted student contribution rates are available for a maximum of four courses which must be undertaken in 2020.

Please note, receiving an offer or studying under this scheme does not remove the requirement for students to meet eligibility for HELP or any Commonwealth assistance, as defined under the Higher Education Support Act 2003 (HESA) legislation.

The following programs are available for entry in Term 2 (UNSW Kensington) or Semester 2 (UNSW Canberra):

Arts & Social Sciences

7401 Graduate Certificate in Education

7339 Graduate Certificate in Environmental Management

Built Environment

7123 Graduate Certificate in Construction Project Management

UNSW Canberra

7353 Graduate Certificate in Space Operations


7543 Graduate Certificate in Computing

7320 Graduate Certificate in Engineering Science


7362 Graduate Certificate in Infectious Diseases Intelligence


7435 Graduate Certificate in Optometry


Available programs in 2020

Art & Design

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

9313 Master of Design


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

7306 Graduate Certificate in Design

7307 Graduate Certificate in Art

5307 Graduate Diploma in Art

9302 Master of Art Administration

9307 Master of Art

9314 Master of Art

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

Translation and Interpreting

8202 Master of Interpreting

8203 Master of Translation

8204 Master of Translation and Interpreting

International Relations

8233 Master of International relations

Built Environment


8143 Master of Architecture


8148 Master of City Planning


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

8132 Master of Sustainable Built Environment

8136 Master of Landscape Architecture

8147 Master of Planning




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 Domestic Fee paying and Commonwealth Supported tuition rates. See for more information.


Health Management*

7312 Graduate Certificate in Forensic Mental Health

7360 Graduate Certificate in Health Management

5509 Graduate Diploma in Health Management

8901 Master of Health Management

8902 Master of Health Management (Extension)

9012 Master of Forensic Mental Health

Public 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

5567 Graduate Diploma 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)

Health Data Science

7372 Graduate certificate in Health data Science

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

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)

9058 Master of International Public Health / Health Management (Extension)

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

9368 Master of Health Management (Extension)/Infectious Disease Intelligence


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

7367 Graduate Certificate in International Public Health

9051 Master of International Public Health (Extension)

9372 Master of Health Data Science


* 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

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

 None available.