Academic Requirements

Workload Requirements

All undergraduate courses at the University of Melbourne are approved for Centrelink study payments.

Full-Time Study

Unless a workload concession applies, students are required to maintain a full time workload to receive a Centrelink study payment.

Workload concessions - Youth Allowance and Austudy Payment

There are several concessions available for students who are unable to undertake a full time workload.

Time limits and satisfactory progress

Normally, you can only get Youth Allowance or Austudy Payment if, at the start of the year, you haven't studied for longer than the normal minimum duration of your current course plus a semester.

Centrelink takes into account any previous study you have already attempted at the same level as your current course. There are different rules for the length of time you are allowed to study depending on whether you are a Youth Allowance or Austudy recipient. There are a number of concessions to these rules, so check before commencing your course with Centrelink or Student Financial Aid.

Approved Graduate Courses

Presently only some Masters courses have been approved for Youth Allowance and Austudy payments.  Please note that rules around 'nested content', which allowed students to study an unapproved Masters course for the period it took to complete a graduate diploma (if included in the course structure), have been removed. These students must now be enrolled in the lower level course to receive a study payment.

All Masters and PhD courses have been approved for Abstudy.

It is not possible to receive Austudy Payment or Youth Allowance to study a PhD course. If you have already completed a PhD then you are ineligible for an Austudy payment in a subsequent course. If the PhD was incomplete or it was completed overseas and is not equivalent to an Australian Masters or PhD, then it may be disregarded.

Centrelink considers that there are four levels of study. The four levels are TAFE certificate courses; Associate Diplomas; undergraduate courses; and postgraduate courses below the level of Masters. With Austudy payment a student can only get payment to do one course from each level in any order. Youth Allowance currently has no restrictions on studying a second course at the same level.

Please note that some courses offered by the University, despite including the word 'Doctor' in their title, remain Masters level courses.

The currently approved University of Melbourne Masters level courses are:

Doctor of Dental Surgery
Doctor of Medicine
Doctor of Optometry
Doctor of Physiotherapy
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Executive Master of Arts
Juris Doctor
Master of Actuarial Science
Master of Agricultural Science
Master of Agricultural Sciences
Master of Animal Science
Master of Architecture
Master of Arts (Cultural Material Conservation)
Master of Biomedical Science
Master of Biotechnology
Master of Business Analytics
Master of Clinical Audiology
Master of Construction Management
Master of Cultural Material Conservation
Master of Education (Language Intervention and Hearing Impairment)
Master of Education (Special Education, Inclusion and Early Intervention)
Master of Education (Specific Learning Difficulties)
Master of Educational Psychology
Master of Engineering
Master of Engineering (Biochemical)
Master of Engineering (Biomedical)
Master of Engineering (Chemical)
Master of Engineering (Civil)
Master of Engineering (Electrical)
Master of Engineering (Environmental)
Master of Engineering (Mechanical)
Master of Engineering (Mechatronics)
Master of Engineering (Software)
Master of Engineering (Spatial)
Master of Engineering (Structural)
Master of Environment
Master of Food and Packaging Innovation
Master of Food Science
Master of Forest Ecosystem Science
Master of Genetic Counselling
Master of Geography
Master of Information Systems
Master of Information Technology
Master of International Relations
Master of Landscape Architecture
Master of Learning Intervention
Master of Management (Accounting)
Master of Management (Human Resources)
Master of Management (Marketing)
Master of Music Therapy (by course-work)
Master of Nursing Science
Master of Property
Master of Psychology
Master of Public Health
Master of Science (Bioinformatics)
Master of Science (Biosciences)
Master of Science (Biotechnology)
Master of Science (Botany)
Master of Science (Chemistry)
Master of Science (Computer Science)
Master of Science (Earth Sciences)
Master of Science (Epidemiology)
Master of Science (Genetics)
Master of Science (Geography)
Master of Science (Information Systems)
Master of Science (Math & Stats)
Master of Science (Physics)
Master of Science (Vision Science)
Master of Science (Zoology)
Master of Social Work
Master of Spatial Information Science
Master of Speech Pathology
Master of Teaching
Master of Teaching (Early Childhood)
Master of Translation
Master of Urban Analytics
Master of Urban and Cultural Heritage
Master of Urban Design
Master of Urban Horticulture
Master of Urban Planning