Find the answers to common questions about individual equity adjustments under the Universities Equity Scheme.
If you are:
- a current Year 12 student receiving a Centrelink means-tested income support payment
- a current Year 12 student who holds a Health Care or Pensioner Concession Card in your own name
you must provide your Centrelink Customer Reference Number (CRN) in your undergraduate application. You will need to check the box authorising SATAC to match your data with Centrelink.
If you are:
- a current Year 12 student whose parent/guardian receives a Commonwealth means-tested income support payment
- a current Year 12 student whose parent/guardian is the holder of a Health Care or Pensioner Concession Card
you need to complete an application form and submit supporting documents. You can access the application form inside your undergraduate application.
If you are not a current year 12 student, you will need to complete an application form and submit supporting documents. You can access the application form inside your undergraduate application.
See also ‘What supporting documents are accepted?’ below.
SATAC will accept the following documents:
- a letter from Centrelink or the Department of Veterans’ Affairs in your own or your parent/guardian’s name
The letter must show that the recipient received a Commonwealth means-tested income support payment during the year in which you achieved your ATAR.
- a Centrelink or Department of Veterans’ Affairs payment summary (issued for taxation purposes) in your own or your parent/guardian’s name
The payment summary must show payment of a Commonwealth means-tested income support payment during the year in which you achieved your ATAR.
- a copy of a Centrelink or Department of Veteran’s Affairs Health Care or Pensioner Concession Card in your own or your parent/guardian’s name
The card must be valid for the year in which you achieved your ATAR.
- a letter from the South Australian Government Department for Education confirming you were eligible for assistance under the School Card Scheme
You must have been eligible for the scheme during the year in which you achieved your ATAR.
Screen printouts of Centrelink or Department of Veterans’ Affairs payment details are not acceptable unless stamped by the issuing office.
Attach supporting documents to the application form for individual adjustments. You can access this form from the Documents page of your undergraduate application.
The concession card must have been issued in your own name for you to use the CRN in your application.
You can submit a copy of your parent/guardian’s concession card along with an application form.
See ‘What supporting documents are accepted?’ above.
Means-tested income support payments are Centrelink or other Commonwealth payments which are subject to an income and assets test (e.g. Youth Allowance).
Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part A and/or B are not considered to be means-tested income support payments for this purpose.
If you receive FTB Part A or B and you hold a Health Care or Pensioner Concession Card, you may be eligible to apply for individual adjustments. See ‘What supporting documents are accepted?’.
Means-tested income support payments can be in your own name or in the name of your parent/legal guardian. See ‘What information will I need to supply with my application?'.
Means-tested Department of Veterans’ Affairs payments are acceptable.
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SATAC will not access, use, modify, disclose or retain information or data about any Centrelink or Department of Veterans’ Affairs customer (including the Customer Reference Number), except in performing our official duties of assessing eligibility for individual adjustments.
SATAC will only request data from Centrelink if you provide consent for us to do so in your undergraduate application. If you do not provide consent then you will need to provide an application form with documentation in evidence of your eligibility.
You can find your CRN on letters sent to you by Centrelink. It is located at the top left-hand side of the page next to the word 'Reference', or on concession cards next to 'CRN'. It has nine numbers followed by a letter e.g. 222 555 999H.
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 contact Services Australia to get your CRN.
No. To be eligible for individual adjustments you must show that you received income support payments or held a concession card during your Year 12 studies. Generally, this means you must be receiving payments or hold the card before the end of November in the year you were studying.
No. To be eligible for individual adjustments you must show that your parent/guardian held a concession card or received a means-tested income support payment during your year 12 studies. Generally, this means they must be receiving payments or hold the card before the end of November in the year you were studying.
No, the School Card Scheme is an initiative of the Department for Education. It offers financial help with educational expenses for students attending South Australian schools.
If you have applied for and are eligible under the School Card scheme, you will have received a letter confirming this from the Department for Education. You will need to forward a copy of this letter to SATAC together with the individual adjustments application form.
No, you will not need to make an application for individual adjustments.
Check the list of eligible schools in South Australia or the Northern Territory to see if your school qualifies for equity adjustments. Contact SATAC for advice if you are a student at an interstate school.
You apply at the same time you are completing your SATAC undergraduate application. Provide supporting documents (if required) as soon as possible after submitting your application.
If you have a question and the answer isn't provided here, contact SATAC for advice.