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The essentials

Job Ready Graduates Package

Genuine engagement in study

The Australian Government recently introduced legislation to support Job Ready Graduates (JRG), with changes including different fee bands for some units, funding for short courses and the reduction in loan fees for some loans.

The legislation also introduced conditions that you must meet to receive Australian Government support during your studies, including Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) and the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP).

All Australian universities are impacted by this legislation. Here’s our guide to the implications for you and your studies.

What’s new?

You must demonstrate that you are a genuine student

We must monitor your first enrolment period to make sure that you engage in your units. If you don’t engage, we must cancel your enrolment.  Engagement includes providing all the information needed to enrol, attending and participating in classes (online and on campus) and attempting assessment items.

You must maintain a 50% pass rate

If you are enrolled in a degree, you must pass 50 per cent of your first eight units. If you are enrolled in an associate degree, diploma or undergraduate certificate, you must pass 50 per cent of the first half of your course. If you don’t, you will lose access to your Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) and HELP loans. To continue, you’ll need to pay upfront or change to a more suitable course.

Who is affected?

These changes apply to you if:

  • you started your degree, diploma or undergraduate certificate from 1 January 2022, or<
  • you transferred to a new course this year, and
  • you are enrolled in a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) and/or receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP.

What is CDU doing to help?

We are taking steps to make sure that you can engage in your studies and have access to the support you need to be successful. If we believe you are at risk of not meeting these new requirements, we will contact you to discuss your options and link you with the support you need to improve your performance.

Don’t forget to keep an eye on your student email for updates throughout the semester.

Tips for maximising your success at university

Your success at university starts with Orientation. If you haven’t already, make sure you check out our Orientation program.

When you begin each unit don’t be afraid to reach out for help. We’re committed to giving you the support you need to achieve your study goals. There are a range of supports available to help you succeed

Find out more information on the Australian Government’s Job-ready Graduates Package.