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The University of Tasmania and the Australian College of Perioperative Nurses have partnered together to offer a range of qualifications to eligible members of ACORN.


The University of Tasmania’s postgraduate courses are designed to challenge, develop and extend your professional and clinical practice skills. All courses are developed in line with current industry needs, and the latest research in the particular field of study. We are focussed on transforming healthcare – join us.

Postgraduate Nursing Specialisations

Our postgraduate nursing program is designed for practicing Registered Nurses who would like to specialise in a particular area of clinical practice. The courses are delivered part-time and online, providing you the flexibility required to balance work, study and family life.

As an ACORN member you are eligible to enrol in the:

  • Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Specialisation) H5F;

Successful completion of H5F will enable you to articulate to a Diploma and possibly a Masters program, should you wish to continue your higher education studies.

Specialisations available to ACORN members under this scholarship are:

  • Perioperative Nursing
  • Anaesthetic and Recovery Nursing
  • Leadership in Practice Nursing
  • Clinical Nursing and Teaching


Graduate Certificate in Leadership (Health and Human Services) (M5S)

Our postgraduate leadership program is designed to enhance the professional skills of health and human services professionals, clinical leaders, managers and policy/planning practitioners working, or aspiring to work in, leadership or management positions within the health and human services sectors in Australia.

Course Entry Requirements

Students must meet the entry requirements of the course they are applying for, as stated in the Course and Unit Handbook. Please navigate via the course links above to find out more. In addition to this, to be eligible for a HECS fee waiver or fee discount you will also need to be a current financial member of ACORN (and for the duration of the course). When submitting your application, you will need to include proof of membership. Please contact ACORN for a proof of membership letter.

Please note, HECS fee waiver or fee discount supported places for all courses are only available to permanent residents of Australia.

Eligibility Requirements

University of Tasmania HECS fee waivers or fee discounts will be available to partner employees who meet the required HECS fee waiver or fee discount eligibility requirements (PDF 94.6 KB). Students are required to retain their HECS fee waiver or fee discount eligibility status for the duration of the course.

Course Fees

As a member or employee of ACORN, you are eligible for a Partner HECS Scholarship. Find out your course pricing (PDF 726.4 KB).

You will be required to pay Student Services and Amenities Fee (detailed below). For further information on unit fees, when to pay and how to pay, please refer to Fees & Charges at the University.

Student Services and Amenities Fee

The Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) is a compulsory fee for student services and amenities of a non-academic nature such as employment and career advice, financial advice, childcare, food services and sporting and recreational activities. In accordance with the Higher Education Legislation Amendment (Student Services and Amenities) Act 2011and the Administration Guidelines 2012 the University of Tasmania determined that a Student Services and Amenities Fee be introduced from Semester 2 2012.

Click here to view the current SSAF Fee Schedule.

How to apply

ACORN members can apply directly to the course they’re interested in. When submitting your
application, don’t forget to upload proof of your ACORN membership as verification. Once your
membership has been verified, the scholarship will automatically be applied.

If you have any questions about the University of Tasmania application process, please contact us.

Apply now to study with the University of Tasmania

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any questions that aren’t answered here, please get in touch with us.

You will need to apply for one of the courses listed above, and in your application make sure you upload proof of ACORN membership. This will apply the relevant scholarship to your enrolment.

Yes, you will retain your current HECS fee waiver or fee discount amount until completion of your program or early graduation (which-ever comes first), as long as you meet all HECS fee waiver or fee discount eligibility requirements detailed above.

Some courses may be deferred, however you are unable to under a HECS fee waiver or fee discount – so you will need to reapply for a HECS fee waiver or fee discount when you are ready to continue study and the HECS fee waiver or fee discount level awarded may not be the same level you had previously received.

You need to continue employment or professional membership for the duration of your study in order to retain the HECS fee waiver or fee discount. If you change your employer, or cease membership with the professional organisation you must email with this information.

If you have completed relevant postgraduate study within the last 10 years, you may be eligible for credit into your new course. In all instances this will need to be assessed by the course coordinator. When credit is applied, you will not need to enrol in that specific unit, and fees will not apply. Credit applied for a specific unit will be represented as either ‘credit’ or ‘exempt’ on your study plan. For more information on credit eligibility, please contact:

When you enrol in a unit, the system automatically generates an invoice. Due to your eligibility for a fee waiver/discount, this will be amended prior to Census Date for the relevant semester, at which time you will receive a new invoice. As long as you have provided all information you have been asked for this will be updated. The Fees team are generally very busy in the lead up to the start of semester, and endeavour to have all fee waivers/discounts processed by census date. Once processed, your invoice (viewable on your eStudent) will show ‘sponsorship’ next to the unit fees. If your invoice is still showing outstanding unit fees in the week leading up to census date, please contact and we will investigate on your behalf.

Once you receive your offer, you will need to complete a Commonwealth Assistance Form. Even though you are eligible for a HECS fee waiver or fee discount, you are still required to complete an eCAF as this a government reporting requirement for students studying under a Commonwealth supported place.

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