Commonwealth Supported Places

A Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) is a higher education place which is subsidised by the Australian Government.

A limited number of CSP places are available to students, and all domestic students applying for the Master of Environment by the closing date will automatically be considered for a place, subject to availability.

The places are awarded by the Office for Environmental Programs to students who have achieved outstanding performance in prior undergraduate studies (academic merit). Students whose personal circumstances have had a sustained adverse effect on their academic achievement at undergraduate level or indigenous Australian students are strongly encouraged to apply for Graduate Access Melbourne to increase their chances of securing a Commonwealth Supported Place.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the process of awarding a CSP place to an applicant?

    All eligible applicants are automatically considered for a Commonwealth Supported Places by the Office for Environmental Programs Selection Committee on the basis of academic merit. Exceptions (such as students already holding a postgraduate qualification or with an unconventional background) will be assessed on a case by case basis.

  • What if I submit my application after the closing date?

    Only eligible applications received prior to, or on the closing date will be considered for a CSP. If you submit your application after the closing date you will be considered for the program that you have applied for, but not for a CSP for that intake. Please note that you may choose to withdraw your application and reapply for the next intake where you will be considered for a CSP place.

  • When will I know whether I have been awarded a Commonwealth Supported Place?

    CSP allocations for Semester 2, 2015 are completed in mid June 2015 and you will be notified of the outcome by the end of June .

  • Is it possible to defer commencement of my course if I am successful in gaining a Commonwealth Supported Place?

    You are not able to defer a CSP place. If you are not able to start your study in the chosen semester you need to reapply for a CSP place. You are able to defer a place as a full-fee paying student only.

  • If I am not successful in securing a Commonwealth Supported Place, what options do I have once I accept my place in the program?

    If you are not successful in securing a Commonwealth Supported Place, the Office for Environmental Programs also offers a number of separate, in-house awards for study in the Master of Environment and Graduate Diploma in Environment courses.

    For more information on these bursaries, please refer to the Office for Environmental Programs scholarships page or contact the Office for more details. In addition to these awards, a number of University scholarships are available to graduate students.

  • Why aren't students who enrol in the Graduate Certificate in Environment eligible for the receipt of a Commonwealth Supported Place?

    The allocation of Commonwealth Supported Places by the Australian Government to Australian Universities is determined by EFTSL (Equivalent Full-Time Study Load).

    As a Commonwealth Supported Place student, your tuition costs are subsidised by the Australian Government. The student contribution you pay is based on the individual subjects chosen, not on the overall course.

    As EFTSL is calculated by a standard annual full-time course load, where 1 EFTSL = 100 credit points, and Commonwealth Supported Places are awarded on the basis of EFTSL, it is not possible for students undertaking the Graduate Certificate in Environment (50 credit points) to hold a Commonwealth Supported Place. Please refer the University guidelines surrounding the allocation of Commonwealth Supported Places, or visit the Study Assist website for further information.