Income support for Master students

Learn about student income support payments available to eligible master by coursework students.

You may be eligible for student income support payments from the Commonwealth Government if you are undertaking an approved tertiary program, such as a

  • graduate certificate or graduate diploma program
  • professionally oriented masters by coursework program that is essential for entry to or employment in a profession, and
    • the qualification is the minimum requirement for registration with a professional body and for entry to a profession, or
    • the program provides the fastest pathway to professional entry offered by RMIT, or
    • the program is the only pathway to professional entry offered by RMIT.

Program approval

Master by coursework programs are approved by the Commonwealth for student payments through an annual application round. Approval is based on set criteria and granted on a conditional basis. More information about this process is available from the Department of Social Services website.

Student payment eligibility

If you are enrolled in an eligible program you will also need to satisfy all other student payment eligibility requirements, including personal, parental or partner income tests. You can contact Centrelink on 13 2490 or visit the Department of Human Services website for further information about student income support entitlements, your eligibility and how to apply.

The Commonwealth has provided the list of approved programs to Centrelink to assist with student enquiries.

Approved programs

The following RMIT master by coursework programs have been approved by the Commonwealth for student income support payments:

  • Juris Doctor
  • Master of Advertising 
  • Master of Analytics
  • Master of Applied Science (Acupuncture)
  • Master of Applied Science (Chinese Herbal Medicine)
  • Master of Architecture
  • Master of Arts (Arts Management)
  • Master of Biotechnology
  • Master of Business Information Technology
  • Master of Clinical Psychology
  • Master of Engineering (International Automotive Engineering)
  • Master of Engineering (Manufacturing)
  • Master of Environmental Science and Technology
  • Master of Geospatial Science
  • Master of Information Management
  • Master of Information Technology
  • Master of International Development
  • Master of International Urban and Environmental Management
  • Master of Justice and Criminology
  • Master of Laboratory Medicine
  • Master of Landscape Architecture
  • Master of Marketing
  • Master of Medical Physics
  • Master of Professional Accounting
  • Master of Professional Accounting (CPA Australia Extension)
  • Master of Project Management
  • Master of Property
  • Master of Public Policy
  • Master of Social Work
  • Master of Statistics and Operations Research
  • Master of Supply Chain and Logistics Management
  • Master of Teaching Practice (Primary Education)
  • Master of Teaching Practice (Secondary Education)
  • Master of Translating and Interpreting
  • Master of Urban Planning and Environment
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