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Paying the rent




22 January 2024

Thinking of studying at university in Western Australia?
Or already a student? Not sure how you’ll pay the rent while you study?



The Minnie Bairstow Scholarship helps Aboriginal students with the cost of accommodation while at university. 


How long?

Get your rent paid for the rest of your course.


How much?

The scholarship pays up to $12,000 per year towards accommodation costs.


The scholarship is generally for tertiary students who:

  • Are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander

  • In financial need

  • Study and live in Perth, Western Australia while studying

  • Receive Abstudy

  • Are enrolled as a full-time or near full-time, internal (face-to-face) student in a university course for at least Semester 1 of the year in which they apply.     Note: not all university courses are covered by the scholarship - see FAQs for details.

  • Pay rent/fees for accommodation in one of the following:

    • rented accommodation

    • on-campus student housing

    • a university college or student hostel

    • an approved supported accommodation program (such as Dandjoo Darbalung or IYMP)

Students who don't fit all these criteria may be considered. The Pre-Application Eligibility Check at the top of the application form will help you work out if you are eligible to apply.

Do a Pre-Application Eligibility Check now

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How to apply


2024 Pre-Application Eligibility Check

Applications open on Monday 22 January and close on Friday 16 February 2024.

The online application form will be accessible here during that time.

Complete the Pre-Application Eligibility Check now to find out if you are eligible. If you are, you will be able to complete the online application form once applications open.


    I've got questions or problems with the form and need help

When do applications open and close?

How do I submit the form?

Can I save and return to the form later?

What documents and information will I need?

How do I know if I am eligible to apply for this scholarship?

Checking you are eligible to apply
  • The Pre-Application Eligibility Check will help you to know if you fit the criteria for this scholarship - we don't want you to waste time on this application if you are not eligible.

  • If you are eligible, you will be able to access the application form once applications open in January 2024.

Documents and information you may need to complete your application
  • Current enrolment advice

  • Documents demonstrating previous academic achievements eg Year 12 reports, WACE certificates, previous semesters' results advice, any other study started or completed since leaving school.

  • Accommodation contract or tenancy agreement

  • Abstudy assessment letter

  • Pay slips and records of any other income to calculate your estimated income for this year. If you are married or in a marriage-like relationship, you will also need your spouse or partner's income details.

  • Your character referees' preferred contact details (make sure they are happy for us to contact them)

Saving and returning to the form

You can save and return to the form at any time:

  • Click the 'Save' button at the bottom right hand corner of each page.

  • A message will appear with a link that you can save and use to return to the online form.

  • Alternatively, you can type in your email address and the link will be sent to you in an email.

  • The link will expire on the closing date. You can request a new link if you lose it.

  • Make sure you save regularly to avoid losing your work.

Submitting the form
  • Hit the 'Submit' button on the last page of the online form.

  • You won't be allowed to submit unless you have answered all the 'required' questions (indicated with an asterix*).

  • Submit the form by the end of the day on Friday 16 February 2024.

  • You will receive a submission confirmation by email after you submit your application form.

  • Use the link in your submission confirmation email to return to your submitted application form to update it, right up until the closing time.

  • Make sure the confirmation email is kept safe - it contains your personal information and allows access back into your application, so you don't want other people accessing it

  • You will be asked to review your application just prior to the closing date to ensure that all details are still up-to-date and accurate.

Got questions? Having problems with the online form? Need help?

Email or call our friendly Project Officer, Katrina, on 0467 154 203.  She's keen to help you get your application submitted. 

She also knows that new things don't always make sense straight away and that technical things sometimes just play up.

Applications open on Monday 22 January 2024

and close at 11:59pm on Friday 16 February 2024

Scholarship Application Period

2024 Pre-Application Eligibility Check

Complete the Pre-Application Eligibility Check now and if you are eligible, you can access the application form once applications open on Monday 22 January 2024.

How do I know if I am eligible?
What documents and information will I need?
Can I save & return to the form later?
How do I submit the form?
When do applications close?
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