Managing your award

Information on entitlements and responsibilities for Australia Awards scholars, academic progress expectations, suspending your scholarship 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.

Your entitlements

As an Australia Award Scholarship (AAS) sponsored student, you enjoy various entitlements including:

  • Payment of academic fees
  • Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)
  • Airfare to and from Australia at the beginning and end of your scholarship
  • An establishment allowance at the beginning of the scholarship
  • Participation in our Introductory Academic Program (IAP) prior to the commencement of your studies
  • Fortnightly contribution to living expenses (CLE), paid on the University's fortnightly pay dates.
  • Supplementary Academic Support funding (when essential to academic success)
  • One return airfare to your home country or within Australia for for fieldwork (research students only)
  • Reunion airfare (if applicable).

Your responsibilities

Refer to the Australia Awards Scholarships Handbook for a complete summary of your responsibilities. The Scholarships Handbook serves as a guide on scholarship processes.


You must:

  • Study full-time, achieve satisfactory academic progress and complete your course by the scholarship end date. Research students must complete a progress report at the end of each semester
  • Participate in the Introductory Academic Program (IAP) on arrival in Australia
  • Participate in all activities associated with your course, including attending all lectures and tutorials, submitting all work required, and sitting for all examinations
  • Discuss any changes to the approved program with our AAS team
  • Return to your country of citizenship for two years upon the completion of your course of study in Australia
  • Be aware that the scholarship may be terminated at any time for failure to comply with Australian laws, misconduct, breaches of scholarship conditions, or failure to make satisfactory academic progress.

Keeping the University informed

You must:

  • Keep your address and contact details up-to-date via the student portal
  • Make sure you have a valid visa and passport while you are studying in Australia
  • Make sure that your Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) is valid for the duration of your course
  • If you fall pregnant, you are encouraged to contact the AAS team. For further information, see our Family and travel page and the Pregnancy Fact Sheet (PDF 263.9 KB).
  • Contact the AAS team immediately if:
    • Your visa is about to expire
    • Your OSHC needs to be extended
    • You marry a person who is an Australian citizen or permanent resident.

Academic progress

Coursework students

You are encouraged to contact the AAS team to discuss support if you have any concerns about your academic progress, especially during your first semester.

The University is required to report your academic results to the scholarship provider, and maintain an up-to-date record of your academic progress.

If you fail a subject, we also report on your proposed strategy for improved academic progress. This should address the reasons for failure, and set out a plan to complete the course within the minimum time frame. The scholarship provider reviews and considers this.

We understand that it can be a stressful time, and work closely with awardees throughout this process.

Research students

The AAS team will contact you each semester to request you complete a research progress report in consultation with your supervisor.

The report should indicate the progress of your research and any problems that may affect your progress.

Suspending your scholarship

You may experience health, family or other personal issues which mean you need to take time out of your scholarship.

You may be able to suspend your scholarship for a maximum total of 12 months. Your suspension must be supported by appropriate documentation.

If a scholarship suspension is approved, you must return to your home country (with your family if accompanied) for the period of suspension. While on suspension, you will not be paid stipend and your OSHC will be suspended. You should keep in contact with the Australia Awards office in your home country, and continue to monitor your University email account.

To enquire about suspending your scholarship, please contact the AAS team.

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Australia Awards Scholarships Handbook