Read the information below and on the Equity Scholarships page before you start an Equity Scholarships application. Click on a link to expand.

There are a limited number of Institution Equity Scholarships. If there are more eligible applicants than scholarships available, eligible applicants will be ranked against each university’s selection criteria. This means that the application process is competitive and you are not guaranteed a scholarship even if you meet the eligibility criteria.

Institution Equity Scholarships (IES) are university-funded scholarships to support undergraduate students with low socio-economic status who can demonstrate financial disadvantage.

SATAC provides an Equity Scholarships application service on behalf of the University of South Australia. 

Details about the scholarships on offer can be found in the fact sheets below.

University of South Australia

UniSA Study Grant Criteria (29 KB PDF)

The Australian Taxation Office's website provides information regarding scholarships and tax, including a tool to help you check whether your scholarship is tax exempt.

For further information, contact the ATO enquiry line on 13 28 61.

The three universities in South Australia, and Charles Darwin University in the Northern Territory, offer a variety of scholarships and bursaries for commencing or continuing Indigenous Australian students.

Please contact your university's Indigenous unit for further information.

Prior to census date (see the key dates for information), please direct all enquiries to SATAC

After the census date contact your university scholarships office for information.

You will need to have some important pieces of information available when you commence an Equity Scholarship application.

To identify your course of study, you will need your SATAC undergraduate reference number or your current UniSA student number and details about the course you are studying if you are a continuing UniSA student.

To establish financial disadvantage, you will need:

  • your Centrelink Customer Reference Number (CRN) or your Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) file number if you are receiving a Centrelink (or other Commonwealth) means-tested income-support payment. The CRN or DVA file number must be your own, not your parent's or partner's, or
  • the names, dates of birth and income details for the last two financial years for all family members (including partners) in your household if you are NOT receiving a Centrelink (or other Commonwealth) means-tested income-support payment in your own name.

You must complete and save all of the sections listed in black in the left hand menu. Once every menu item has either a green tick or circle next to it the submit button will become black and you will be able to select it. 

Yes, you will be sent an Equity Scholarships acknowledgement email. If you have not received an acknowledgement email within one week of submitting your application, please contact SATAC.  

Changes to Personal Details

If your contact details have changed, you will need to update them. To access your application go to My Application and log in.

If your name has been incorrectly recorded or has changed, please advise SATAC in writing. Ensure that you include your SATAC Equity Scholarships reference number on your correspondence.

Adding or changing Centrelink or Department of Veterans’ Affairs data

If you applied for a Centrelink benefit after submitting your scholarship application, you can enter your Centrelink CRN or DVA file number into your application. To access your application go to My Application and log in.

If you entered an incorrect CRN, DVA file number or income information, you can amend this information in the same way.

After the census date

After the census date (see the key dates for details), if you have been awarded a scholarship, you must notify your university of any changes in your circumstances which may affect your ongoing eligibility for scholarship payments.

Your Customer Reference Number (CRN) is your unique Centrelink identifier. It has nine numbers followed by a letter e.g. 222 555 999H. Your CRN can be found on letters sent to you by Centrelink on the top left hand side of the page next to the word 'Reference', or on concession cards, next to 'CRN'.

Do not assume that the CRN is the number you use to log on to Centrelink online services.

If you do not have any recent letters from Centrelink you will need to phone Centrelink to obtain your CRN.

Means-tested income support payments are Centrelink (or other Commonwealth) payments subject to an income and assets test (e.g. Youth Allowance).

  Type
AGE AGE PENSION
AUS AUSTUDY
ABA SCHOOLING A APPLICANT
ABT SCHOOLING A STUDENT
ABY SECONDARY/TERTIARY
CAR CARER PAYMENT
DSP DISABILITY SUPPORT PENSION
ECP EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES PAYMENT
EIC ASSISTANCE FOR ISOLATED CHILDREN
FFR FARM FAMILY RESTART SCHEME
FHS FARM HOUSEHOLD SUPPORT
MAA MATURE AGE ALLOWANCE
MPA MATURE PARTNER ALLOWANCE
NMA NEWSTART MATURE AGE ALLOWANCE
NSA NEWSTART ALLOWANCE
PPS PARENTING PAYMENT SINGLE
PPP PARENTING PAYMENT
PTA PARTNER ALLOWANCE
SKA SICKNESS ALLOWANCE
SPL SPECIAL BENEFIT
WDA WIDOW ALLOWANCE
WFA WIFE PENSION AGE
WFD WIFE PENSION DSP
WID WIDOW PENSION
YAL YOUTH ALLOWANCE
YTA YOUTH TRAINING ALLOWANCE

Please Note:

  • Family Tax Benefit Part A and/or B are not considered to be means-tested support payments for the purpose of an Equity Scholarship application.
  • You must be receiving the benefit in your own name, not in the name of a parent of partner.
  • If you are receiving an Income Contingent Loan, Start-Up or Relocation Scholarship from Centrelink you will not be considered eligible for the UniSA Study Grant.

SATAC will not access, use, modify, disclose or retain information or data about any Centrelink customer (including the Customer Reference Number or CRN), except in performing our official duties of assessing Institution Equity Scholarship eligibility.

SATAC will only request data from Centrelink if you provide consent for us to do so on your Equity Scholarships application. If you do not provide consent then you will need to provide income history documentation.

If you do not currently receive a Centrelink benefit and would like to apply for one, contact Centrelink for advice.

If you will be in receipt of a means-tested income support payment from Centrelink or the Department of Veterans' Affairs on Census Date (31 August) you do not need to provide any information about your income history.

If you will not be in receipt of such a payment the web application will prompt you to enter the name and date of birth of everyone in your household/family, including children and/or siblings. You will then be required to list the past two financial years’ income for each individual (yourself included).

After you submit your application SATAC will write to you requesting documentary evidence of all the income details you entered in your Equity Scholarships application.

For those listed as having an income of $18,201 or above you will need to provide certified copies of the relevant Australian Tax Office Notice of Assessment.

For those listed as having an income of $0 to $18,200, you will need to provide a statutory declaration stating that the income you have listed is true and correct.

You must also provide documentary proof of any partnership or trust income entered.

If you are offered a scholarship you will be notified by your university after the census date (see the key dates for information). 

Applicants who do not receive a scholarship offer will be notified by their university or SATAC in the weeks after offers are made.

If you are awarded an Equity Scholarship your university will provide details of how and when the payments will be made to you. Your university will make all scholarship payments directly to you. You will not receive any payments before the census date in each scholarship period. You should consult your university for more information about payment procedures.

For information about the value and frequency of scholarship payments, see the details under 'What scholarships are available?' above.

No. However, you may be required to provide documentation each year to assist your university to evaluate your continuing eligibility. Your university will contact you to provide this information. If you continue to meet the eligibility criteria for the scholarship that you have been awarded and your scholarship has not been terminated, then your scholarship will continue without you needing to reapply.

SATAC's participating institutions provide a range of scholarships and grants to assist students financially. Contact the institutions directly for more information about the scholarships on offer.