- aged 25 years or more
- studying full-time in an approved course at an approved educational institution, or
- undertaking a full-time Australian Apprenticeship or traineeship
Eligibility & payment rates
Eligibility for Austudy
You may be eligible for Austudy if you are:
- aged 25 years or more
- studying full-time in an approved course at an approved educational institution, or undertaking a full-time Australian Apprenticeship
- meet a personal income and assets test, and
- meet residence requirements
Payment rates for Austudy
|If you are||Maximum payment per fortnight|
|single, with children||$533.80|
|couple, no children||$407.50|
|couple, with children||$447.40|
These special rates may apply if you:
- are long-term unemployed
- do not have a dependent child and have received an income support payment, other than a student payment, and
- were unemployed for at least 26 out of the last 39 weeks and starting full-time study in a course of 12 months’ duration or more
|If you are long-term unemployed and||Maximum payment per fortnight|
|couple, no children||$447.40|
Personal income test for ABSTUDY, Austudy and Youth Allowance
Your income and assets affect the amount of Austudy you receive. An income and assets test works out what you will be paid.
Assets test for Austudy
As an applicant for Austudy you will need to meet an assets test.
Your payment will be affected if your liquid assets equal or exceed $5,500 for a single or $11,000 for a couple or single with dependants.
If your liquid assets are above this amount, there will be a liquid assets waiting period. This means that you may not receive a payment immediately. We will let you know how long you have to wait before you can be paid, which can be up to 13 weeks depending on:
- the amount of your liquid assets, and
- whether you are a member of a couple
- whether you have dependent children
Residence requirements for Austudy
To be eligible for Austudy you must satisfy residence requirements. You must:
- be an Australian resident, and
- be physically present in Australia on the day you lodge your claim, and
- continue to meet the residence requirements for as long as you get this payment
Newly arrived residents generally have a 104 week waiting period, with some exemptions.
Approved courses of study and institutions for Austudy, Youth Allowance and Pensioner Education Supplement
You need to be studying an approved course at an approved institution to receive Austudy, Youth Allowance (student) and Pensioner Education Supplement.
Earning extra money if you get Austudy
As an Austudy customer, you can earn up to $400 per fortnight before tax, before your payment is affected.
Income between $400 and $480 reduces your fortnightly payment by 50 cents in the dollar.
Income above $480 reduces your payment by 60 cents in the dollar.
Please see Income Bank for more information.
Study loads for Austudy and Youth Allowance
When you receive Austudy, you are considered a full-time student if you are studying an approved course at an approved institution.
Allowable time while receiving Austudy
Allowable time is the amount of time you can receive a payment while studying.
Low Income Health Care Card while receiving Austudy
Other benefits while receiving Austudy
If you qualify for Austudy, you may be entitled to other payments and services such as:
Managing your payment
Change of circumstances while receiving Austudy
You need to tell us if your circumstances change when you are receiving Austudy. For example, you need to tell us if:
- you reduce your study or training workload or
- you stop studying or
- you change your address or
- you leave Australia or
- your income changes
You need to let us know within 14 days in case this affects your Austudy payment, because:
- if you don't tell us about the changes you may find yourself in debt, and
- if you are overpaid benefits, you will probably have to pay the money back, and
- if you deliberately do not tell us about changes, you could be charged with fraud, and
- a recovery fee may be imposed if you give us incorrect information about your employment income
Video - how to update study details online
Reporting income if you work while receiving Austudy
If you are working while receiving Austudy, you must report your employment income to us every fortnight, even if your income is 0.
If you report your income by 5:00 pm on your reporting day, you will receive your payment the next working day.
If you receive Austudy you can report your income in the following ways:
Advance payment options
You may be eligible to receive part of your Centrelink payment in advance. Accessing an advance payment depends on the type of payment you receive, how long you have been receiving it and the amount that you receive.
Payments paid while outside Australia
There are rules about getting your payment when you leave Australia.
Someone to deal with us on your behalf
You can authorise another person or organisation to deal with us on your behalf and receive your Centrelink payments under a correspondence or nominee arrangement.
Weekly payment option
You can receive your income support payment weekly, instead of fortnightly in certain circumstances.
Self service options
Our self service options are a quick and effective way to deal with us. You can use self service where it's convenient to you and manage things yourself:
- online - you need to register to use some of the services, then you can do many things where and when it suits you
- on your mobile device - our Express Plus mobile apps are simple, fast and convenient, giving you more choices for dealing with Centrelink
- on the phone - you can self-register for Centrelink Phone Self Service
- using a self service terminal at one of our service centres
Information you need to know about your claim for Austudy and Youth Allowance form (CI004)
This booklet contains information you may need to know about your claim for Austudy and Youth Allowance.
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Express Plus Students offers students and Australian Apprentices a simple way to do their Centrelink business on the go using their mobile device.