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Commonwealth Grant Scheme (CGS)

The Opens in a new window: Commonwealth Grant Scheme (CGS) provides funding to eligible higher education providers for students enrolling in bachelor degrees and other higher education courses of study ‘designated’ by the Minister for Tertiary Education.

Public universities determine the number of students they enrol in bachelor level courses (excluding medicine) and receive funding for these places.

For designated courses of study, the Australian Government provides funding to public universities for an agreed number of Commonwealth supported places in a given year. Designated courses of study include non-research postgraduate courses, medicine, enabling courses and courses of study leading to a diploma, advanced diploma or associate degree.

Other higher education providers may also be allocated funding for Commonwealth supported places. Under the Commonwealth Grant Scheme providers may receive additional funding to support delivery in regional locations; for courses of study in medicine; and for enabling courses (recognising that providers cannot charge Commonwealth supported students a student contribution amount for enabling courses).


This glossary item applies to the collection types:
  • Higher Education Student Collection