Rural and Regional Support

Regional University Centres

The Regional University Centres (RUC or Centres) program aims to help students in regional and remote areas access and complete higher education without having to leave their community. Students can use the centres to study tertiary courses locally delivered by distance (online) from any Australian higher education of vocational education and training provider.

Centres provide campus-like facilities and support, including study spaces, video conferencing, computer facilities and internet access, as well as academic skills and wellbeing support for tertiary students studying in regional and remote locations.

There are Centres open in all states and in the Northern Territory. To find a Centre near you, or to find out more information, please visit


Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships Program

The Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships (RRES) program improves access to and completion of tertiary education courses for students from regional and remote Australia who are commencing a new course of study.

Round 6 of the RRES program is now available for regional and remote students across Australia commencing studies in 2022.

Information about the scholarships, including eligibility requirements and how to apply is available through the organisation administering the scholarships, the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) at:

Students can also contact QTAC at the details are below:

QTAC Phone: 1800 290 979

QTAC Email:

Note: the Department of Education, Skills and Employment has contracted the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) as the Scholarship Support Organisation to manage the application and selection processes, distribute scholarship funding, monitor continued eligibility and compliance with scholarship conditions, and report to the department.


Tertiary Access Payment

The Tertiary Access Payment (TAP) is a non-indexed, means-tested payment to school-leavers from regional or remote areas who need to relocate for full-time, higher-level tertiary education (Certificate IV and above) at an education provider located at least 90 minutes by public transport from their family home.

Up to $5000 is available for students from outer regional or remote areas, a payment of $3000 is available to assist students from inner regional areas.

The payment is intended to assist students with the additional costs associated with moving to a different city or town to undertake tertiary study.

Students relocating to study at a university, non-university higher education provider or a vocational education and training provider will apply through Services Australia

For more information, visit the Tertiary Access Payment page.

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