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The University of Melbourne is committed to a providing a world-class educational experience offering students the time, opportunity and insight to follow the best career path for them.

In its May 2017 budget, the Australian Federal Government announced a set of proposed higher education reforms.  These continue to be debated in parliament.

The University of Melbourne has received reassurances from the Federal Minister for Education that, in 2018, we will have an unchanged number of Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) for domestic students who enter our undergraduate degrees.

These students will also be eligible to apply for a CSP or Australian Fee place at graduate level, should they successfully complete the course prerequisites.

Should new legislation be passed that affects funding arrangements for 2019 and beyond, the University will provide full details on this webpage.

Possible changes for Permanent Residents and New Zealand citizens

Under the proposed policy changes, most New Zealand citizens and Australian Permanent Residents who are newly enrolling in a course at the University in 2018 would no longer have access to a Commonwealth Supported Place. These students would be regarded as Australian Fee paying domestic students and be eligible for FEE-HELP loans.

Thus, if the legislation were to pass, New Zealand citizens and Australian Permanent Residents who have already been made an offer of a Commonwealth Supported Place in a Melbourne undergraduate bachelor or graduate degree (other than the Doctor of Medicine) for 2018 would be transferred to an Australian Fee place. An alternative process would be required for the Doctor of Medicine due to additional government constraints around quotas.

New Zealand citizens and Australian Permanent Residents who are already enrolled in a Commonwealth Supported Place in a Melbourne undergraduate bachelors or graduate degree with a course commencement date prior to 1 January 2018 would retain their place while they remain in their current Melbourne course.