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Short Courses: Commonwealth Support Places

The Australian Government has allocated additional Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) to give additional options to students and the recently unemployed to undertake higher education, preparing our nation and workforce to move out of the economic downturn. It also enables Australians to retrain and upskill in priority areas such as health.

About this scholarship

The Australian College of Nursing (ACN) is offering a selection of their graduate certificates with CSP under the government scheme. These certificates will commence on 19 April and must complete in Term four (ending December 2021) A graduate certificate is a full qualification at AQF level 8, but it can also provide a pathway to a Masters Degree in universities across Australia (subject to the entrance requirements of the university).

The number of available supported places is limited and does not cover graduate certificates or subjects that involve clinical placements. If places are exhausted for available specialisations, or if alternative specialisations or clinical experience is desired, eligible students can still apply for these graduate certificates at the domestic tuition fee rate.

What courses are available?

  • Graduate Certificate in Aged Care Nursing
  • Graduate Certificate in Orthopaedic Nursing

Please note we are no longer accepting applications as part of the Short Courses: Commonwealth Support Places for the below ACN Graduate Certificate courses, due to high submission numbers.

  • Graduate Certificate in Acute Care Nursing
  • Graduate Certificate in Cancer Nursing
  • Graduate Certificate in Critical Care Nursing
  • Graduate Certificate in Community and Primary Health Care Nursing
  • Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Management
  • Graduate Certificate in Paediatric Nursing Studies
  • Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care
  • Graduate Certificate in Perioperative Nursing


You must be an Australian Citizen, New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident to be eligible for the Commonwealth Grant Scheme. You are required to reside within Australia during your study. You must be applying as a new applicant to Australian College of Nursing. If you have an active enrolment in Graduate Certificate course with ACN, you are not eligible for this offering.

The graduate certificate is a significant undertaking. You must complete four units of study in three terms. This will mean that you need to take two units in one term (30 hours of study a week) and one unit of study in each of the other terms (15 hours of study a week). Please consider your existing commitments before applying/accepting a place.

The courses will commence on 19th April 2021 and the census date will be on 3rd May 2021 (9AM, AEST).

Eligible Degrees
  • Certificate
  • Female
  • Male

Selection criteria

ACN will make multiple rounds of offers in order to ensure that the most possible number of students can study with us. If your application is processed and unsuccessful, we will be in contact with you within 10 working days. If you are offered a place in the first round, you will also be contacted within 10 working days and will need to immediately confirm and pay the student contribution ($1975.00) to hold your place. If you do not receive a first-round offer but have not been unsuccessful, you have been put into a waiting list for the second round of offers. You will be notified if a place becomes available to you before the census date. All places will be finalised and students enrolled before census date on 3 May 2021.