AHO Tertiary Accommodation Grants

  • Applications open
  • Closes: 09:00am 24 Jul 2020
  • Outcome Notice Date:
    31 Jul 2020
  • Available to:
    Commencing Students; Continuing Students
  • Value: $5,000
  • Duration: Instalments

Equity and Merit Scholarships and Grants - External
Access to affordable accommodation is a significant barrier that impacts on Aboriginal tertiary education rates across New South Wales. The grants will provide eligible Aboriginal students with assistance to source affordable accommodation options.

Am I Eligible?

To be eligible for this Grant you must be:

  1. able to provide evidence of Aboriginality;
  2. enrolled as a full-time student in an approved course;
  3. enrolled as an internal student
  4. able to provide a brief statement outlining why you need a tertiary university accommodation grant (less than 600 words);
  5. able to provide evidence of either;
  • being a social housing tenant or,
  • in housing stress (for this program - housing stress is defined as expending more than 40% of  weekly income on accommodation);


The term 'Aboriginal' in these Guidelines includes Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders.

In addition to completing the Application, applicants must submit the following documentation.

Supporting Documentation

  1. Evidence of Aboriginality
  2. Evidence of independent living arrangements (via a rental bond notice, lease agreement or landlord letter)
  3. Evidence of enrolment in a full-time university course at Charles Sturt University
  4. Evidence of weekly or fortnightly income (payslip, Centrelink or bank statement)
  5. Statement of claim outlining why you need a university accommodation grant (no more than 600 words in length)

Applications are required to be submitted on the prescribed application form only.

1. Evidence of Aboriginality

Evidence of Aboriginality can be provided in any of the following three ways:

  • Letter from a Local Aboriginal Land Council (LALC) on LALC letterhead
  • Letter from a registered Aboriginal Organisation on the Organisation's letterhead

And if neither of the first two confirmation options is possible:

  • Statutory Declaration (but only in circumstances where an individual is unable to provide evidence from a Local Aboriginal Land Council or Aboriginal Corporation).

2.   Evidence of independent living

  • A rental bond notice
  • A letter from a landlord outlining weekly rent payable
  • A rental/lease agreement or contract outlining weekly rent payable
  • A statutory declaration from a relative or friend (outlining weekly board payable)

3.   Evidence relating to income

  • A payslip
  • A bank account statement; and
  • Documented evidence of Centrelink payments (if applicable)

Frequently Asked Questions

When will I find out if I was successful?

You will receive a notice of the outcome of your application by 31 Jul 2020.

What if my circumstances have changed from what I submitted on my application?

You must notify the CSU Scholarship Office immediately by email scholarships.officer@csu.edu.au.

Forms and Documents

How to Apply

  1. Complete an online application
  2. If you have completed a PDF application form, please scan and send to the Scholarships Office at scholarships.officer@csu.edu.au with all of your documentation by the closing date of the grant.

The Indigenous Student Centre will be able to assist you to scan and email your application if you do not have access to a scanner.

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