Academic support for awardees - Section contents

The University offers a range of academic support to Australia Awards scholars, including tutorial assistance, academic skills support and more.

Note: This information is for current awardees of the Australia Awards Scholarship. For information on how to apply for the Australia Award, see scholarships.

General student support

The University offers a range of general services to support you during your studies and time in Australia. This includes academic support, counselling, health and chaplaincy.

For more information please refer to our Student Services Directory.


Supplementary Academic Support

Australia Award scholars may apply for Supplementary Academic Support (SAS), including:

  • Tutorial assistance
  • Academic Skills assistance
  • Thesis editing
  • Quantitative skills & data analysis programs.

SAS is only granted for services and activities that occur within the scholarship period, and is accrued at $500 every six months for the period of the scholarship.

It is intended to complement, not replace, support provided by tutors, lecturers, Academic Skills, and other services offered by your department or faculty.

More information

Scholars who need extra support with subject content may apply for SAS to engage a tutor.

Students and service providers should familiarise themselves with the University's policy on academic honesty and plagiarism. Editing/proofreading services are only permitted for theses.

How to apply

  1. Complete the SAS application form, and upload email correspondence advising your lecturer/supervisor/subject coordinator/course coordinator of your difficulties and your intention to engage a tutor.
  2. After receiving the AAS team's approval and introduction to your tutor, arrange tutorial session times.
  3. Record dates and hours of work.
  4. When the service concludes, complete the SAS feedback form.

Please allow three days for your SAS form to be processed if you have already found a tutor, and longer if you have not found a tutor (depending on the subject, it can take a week or more to find an appropriate tutor).

You should apply for SAS as soon as you find you are struggling with a subject (and well before the exam period) rather than wait until there is an urgent problem.

Finding a tutor

We already have tutors on staff for some subjects. Otherwise, the tutor recommended by your lecturer/supervisor/course coordinator should be your first choice. If you are still unable to find a tutor, contact us for advice.

The hourly rate paid is based on the qualification of the tutor.

Masters
  • Individual student: $40
  • 2-3 students: $50
  • 4-6 students: $60
PhD
  • Individual student: $45
  • 2-3 students: $55
  • 4-6 students: $65

Group tutorials

Two or more Australia Awards scholars seeking assistance for the same subject may elect to share a tutor. Each student must complete a form, and each form should state the names of all group members.

Students seeking to improve their academic English and study skills may work with the University's Academic Skills team.

Individual appointments are available for one-on-one advice. It's a good idea to bring a copy of a draft assessment and the task instructions, and your adviser will identify areas for improvement and refer you to relevant resources so you can continue to develop your skills. Appointments can also assist with developing time and task management skills, and strategies for exam preparation and technique.

All students enrolled at the University may book a maximum of four free appointments per semester, with up to one per week.

AAS-specific appointments

There is a separate booking system with additional appointment times specifically for Australia Awards scholars, from Week 3 to SWOT VAC.

We understand that the free individual appointments can fill up quickly and be difficult to book. As such, a separate allocation of appointments is available for awardees who wish to use their SAS entitlement for this purpose. The cost is $31.50 per appointment.

To request the link to this booking system, please contact us.

There is a maximum of one appointment per week, per assignment.

If you are unable to attend, please cancel the appointment by 5pm on Monday. Cancel online, or email academic-skills@unimelb.edu.au with aus-awards@unimelb.edu.au in copy. If you cancel outside of this timeframe, the University must report inappropriate use of the SAS entitlement to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

Research higher degree students and coursework students taking a thesis of at least 25 points may apply for SAS for thesis editing. Students may only apply after utilising other support services (including Academic Skills) and on the recommendation of their supervisor.

The process is most effective if the editor starts on the first chapter once you are wholly satisfied it is complete, rather than waiting until the whole thesis has been completed.

Students and thesis editors must familiarise themselves with the University's policy on editing of theses by third parties.

To apply, use the SAS application form and upload email confirmation from your supervisor.

When the service concludes, please complete the SAS feedback form.

The University's Statistical Consulting Centre (SCC) offers up to 10 hours of free statistical advice to eligible MPhil, PhD or MD students.

If you require further support, or if you require support but are ineligible for the SCC's free service, you may apply for SAS to fund the services of the SCC, the Graduate Student Association, or another appropriate provider.

Please note that rates for services such as the SCC are often higher than for tutorial assistance.

To apply, complete the SAS application form and upload email correspondence advising your lecturer/supervisor/subject coordinator of your difficulties and your intention to take this training.

If approved, the AAS team will arrange payment.