International Student Accommodation Subsidy

A one off support payment to offset accommodation expenses for eligible international students for Semester 2, 2022.


The International Student Accommodation Subsidy provides a one off payment of $1,500 to offset accommodation expenses while studying full-time in Western Australia. This fund will provide payments to the first 2,500 eligible international students in Semester 2, 2022

Applications open 9am (AWST) on Wednesday 14 September 2022 and close at 11am (AWST) on Wednesday 26 October 2022, or when program funds have been exhausted, whichever date is earliest.

This fund is paid out to successful eligible applicants once you have commenced your studies as at application date, and reached the census date for your institution. Additional eligibility criteria applies.

Important - Please ensure you download and read the Guidelines prior to applying. Further information, Terms and Conditions are contained within the Guidelines, see below under the heading 'Publications'.

Who is eligible

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Eligible international students

To be eligible for the Accommodation Subsidy, an international student must:

  1. Be an enrolled international student.
  2. Have commenced studies onshore in Western Australia since 1 July 2022.
  3. Be studying at a CRICOS-registered provider (Western Australian University, Vocational College or TAFE, pathway college, English Language (ELICOS) provider, or a primary or secondary school). (CRICOS - Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students) (ELICOS - English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students).
  4. Be studying full-time in Semester 2, 2022, and the enrolled course must run for at least one year / two semesters.
  5. Have commenced studies as at application date, and reached the census date of the institution.  
  6. Not have been in Western Australia studying at any time in 2021, and have entered Western Australia to commence or recommence their studies in person in Semester 2, 2022.
  7. Not have studied in Western Australia at any time during Semester 1, 2022. 

A Guardian can apply on behalf of international students enrolled in primary or secondary school and aged under 16 years. If approved, funds will be paid to the Guardian's Australian bank account. 

    Who is not eligible

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    International students who are not eligible for the Accommodation Subsidy include:

    1. Students who successfully received the International Student Accommodation Subsidy in Semester 1, 2022.
    2. Students studying part-time.
    3. Students studying courses that are shorter than one year / two semesters in length.
    4. Students who were in Western Australia studying at any time during 2021 or Semester 1, 2022.
    5. Enrolled students who are still overseas and have not arrived in Western Australia as at the time of application.

    How to apply

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    Follow the steps below:

    1. Go to
    2. Click on the ‘Start a submission’ link.
    3. Complete the application registration process. You will receive an email confirming your reference number (ISAS#).
    4. Compete the online application form. You can save and return to the application form at any time before you submit the form.
    5. Once your application is complete, click ‘Submit’.
    6. You will receive an automated email acknowledging that your application has been received. Without this acknowledgement your application has not been submitted.


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    The International Student Accommodation Subsidy is available to the first 2,500 approved Applicants only. Applications open at 9am (AWST) on Wednesday 14 September 2022 and close at 11am (AWST) on Wednesday 26 October 2022, or when program funds have been exhausted, whichever date is earliest.

    Students should be in Western Australia and have an Australian bank account in place before they finalise and submit their application.

    Please note, as a maximum of 2,500 payments are available under this program complete applications with all required supporting correct documentation will be prioritised for assessment in order of receipt.

    Missing, incomplete or incorrect documentation supplied in the application will delay the processing of assessment and payment.

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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    I have been enrolled in my course with a Western Australian provider since 2021, however studied offshore in 2021 and Semester one this year. I have now arrived onshore to commence my studies in person in Semester 2 2022. Am I able to apply for this fund?

    Yes, the accommodation subsidy is provided to any international students commencing their studies onshore in Semester 2, 2022. Providing you did not enter Western Australia to study at any time in 2021 or during Semester 1 this year, and meet all other eligibility criteria including length of course requirements, you are able to apply for this payment.

    I am an international student and plan to enrol in a course commencing onshore during Semester 2, 2022. Will I be eligible for the $1,500 payment?

    Yes, currently the program is in place for those students enrolling in courses commencing in Semester 2, 2022 and studying full-time for one year / two semesters.

    I don’t hold a student visa but I am enrolled to commence my course in 2022. Will I qualify for this payment?

    Applicants must be able to demonstrate they have a confirmed full-time enrolment as an international student at an eligible institution for a period of at least one year commencing in Semester 2, 2022 to be eligible for this program.

    My enrolled course is shorter than one year (two semesters). Can I still apply?

    No, current eligibility criteria for this payment requires students to be studying in Western Australia for one year (two semesters) or more.

    Why is my application taking so long to process?

    The speed at which your application is assessed depends on a number of factors. If your application requires follow-up by JTSI due to the incorrect documentation or information being provided, this will delay the assessment and progression of your application. To avoid delays, please ensure your application includes all required documentation.

    What is the correct documentation I need to attach to avoid delays in the assessment and progression of my application?

    When submitting your application through SmartyGrants you will be asked to attach three key documents to verify your details and personal identity. It is important you attach the correct documents in order to avoid delays in assessing your application as eligible for payment, provided all eligibility criteria are met.

    1. Your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) document. See the example on the Department of Home Affairs website. This is provided to you by your education provider. This document confirms the following information:

    • Your status as an international student
    • Your official name on formal documents.
    • The education provider you are enrolled at
    • The name of your course
    • How long your course will take (i.e. the start and end dates); and
    • Your student number (Student ID) as noted by your education provider

    2. A current Australian Bank Statement document. This is provided to you by your bank. This document must note and confirm:

    • Your official name
    • You are the holder of an Australian bank account
    • The Bank number and account number your payment will be paid into (if successful); and
    • Your current address is in Western Australia

    Click here to see an example of an Australian Bank statement

    3. A travel ticket or boarding pass document. This document confirms:

    • Your official name on formal documents
    • Your flight or travel details; and
    • Your date of arrival into Western Australia

    Click here to see an example of a standard boarding pass

    Important: Please ensure the documents you provide match the information provided in your application. For example:

    • The name you provide in your application form should match your official name seen on the Confirmation of Enrolment, bank statement and travel documents attached.
    • The account details and residential address you provide in your application form should match the account details and address noted on your bank statement.
    • The arrival date into Western Australia you provide in your application should match the date shown on the travel documents you provide.

    How will you contact me once I submit my application?

    You will receive confirmation that your application has been submitted to the email you registered with. If your application requires additional information to progress evaluation, JTSI may contact you via the email you registered with from the inbox.


    I would like support completing my application

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    The Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation will have a staff member available to assist you with your application or answer any queries in relation to eligibility. Please visit StudyPerth’s Student Support Hub at 555 Wellington Street, Perth between 3pm and 5pm Monday to Friday if you would like to take advantage of this service.

    Page reviewed 14 September 2022