Students with a Disability

University of Melbourne

Student Financial
Trust fund grantsNon-repayable grants to assist with course and living costs. These grants include assistance specifically for students with disabilities, such as the Robertson Scholarship, the Tom Benson Bursary Fund and the St.Vincent de Paul grant.
Housing Bursary ProgramRent assistance for students in need.
Student LoansShort-term and long-term loans for students in financial need. Designed to help meet emergency situations and unexpected costs.
Student Housing
Student Housing Access Program (SHAP)Transitional share-house accommodation in university owned properties.
Melbourne Access Scholarships and Graduate Access ScholarshipsGenerous scholarships, payable over a number of years. Disabled students are a specific target group.
Fay Marles ScholarshipsSupport for students with disabilities. Academic performance is taken into account in the assessment of an application.
Frederick Blake Shepherd ScholarshipFor student undertaking graduate research studies. Preference given to disadvantaged candidates.
Traffic Office and Student Financial Aid
University Parking Fee exemption Parking permit at the University.
Parking ConcessionsParking concessions for students with a disability.


Australian Government (Centrelink)
Disability Support Pension Are you someone who is ill, injured or has a disability?
Rent Assistance Accommodation and Renting Issues.
Pensioner Education SupplementThe Pensioner Education Supplement (PES) helps you undertake full-time or part-time study.
Carer's Allowance Carer Allowance (adult) is a supplementary payment for carers who provide daily care and attention for adults with a disability, severe medical condition or who is frail aged at home.
Mobility Allowance Mobility Allowance provides assistance to people with disabilities who are unable to use public transport without substantial assistance.
Health Care Card A Health Care Card entitles you to reduced cost medicines as well as a limited number of other concessions.
Good Universities Guide Scholarship searchAn excellent resource to assist students find suitable awards and scholarships.
Student ScholarshipsScholarships for students who are studying in Victoria (Australia) and who are citizens or permanent residents of Australia.
Other Government Assistance List of government services and programs that are available.
Victorian Government
Bond Loan SchemeThe Victorian government can provide low-income earners a loan for the bond when starting a tenancy. Applications can be made to the Department of Human Services.
Department of Justice Disability Scholarship SchemeScholarships for young people with disabilities in justice related areas of study. 
Multi Purpose Taxi ProgramThe Multi Purpose Taxi Program (MPTP) makes transport more accessible for Victorians with a severe and permanent disability. MPTP gives members half price taxi fares, paying up to $60 per trip

Community and Other Organisations

Community and Other Organisations
Geoff Fethers FundThe Geoff Fethers Education Fund was established in 1985 to 'assist in the tertiary education of Deaf people'.
Education ScholarshipsDeafness Forum provide educational scholarships to facilitate the participation of people who are Deaf or have a hearing impairment in post secondary education.
Cancer Council Welfare GrantsThe Cancer Council Victoria Welfare Grants program offers one-off financial assistance to cancer patients in the form of a cash grant for those in need.
Vision Australia Further Education BursariesThe Further Education Bursary aims to assist blind or low-vision students to participate in further education.
Robert Rose FoundationAssistance for those with spinal cord injuries wanting to acquire new skills & qualification and to function more independently in society.
The June Opie FellowshipThe award, available to citizens and permanent residents of Australia , Canada and New Zealand , is designed as an incentive for students of high academic achievement who have a severe disability.
Arthur Marsden Whiting Sympathy FundTo provide assistance to individuals of the Protestant faith with a primary physical disability who are in need of financial assistance.