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- Check your Austudy entitlement using the personal income test.
- aged 25 or more
- studying full-time in an approved course, or
- undertaking a full-time Australian apprenticeship or traineeship
Eligibility & payment rates
Eligibility for Austudy
To lodge an Austudy claim, you must be an Australian resident and be in Australia on the day you lodge your claim.
To be paid Austudy, you also need to have been in Australia as an Australian resident for at least two years. There are some exceptions.
To qualify as an Australian resident, you must be living in Australia as:
- an Australian citizen or
- the holder of a permanent resident visa or
- a New Zealand citizen who:
- was in Australia on 26 February 2001 or
- was in Australia for 12 months in the two years immediately before that date or
- was assessed before 26 February 2004 as 'protected'.
If you qualify for Austudy, you may also be able to get Rent Assistance or other benefits.
Payment rates for Austudy
|If you are||The maximum fortnightly payment is|
|single, with children||$533.80|
|partnered, no children||$407.50|
|partnered, with children||$447.40|
The special rates below apply if you are long-term unemployed and starting full-time study in a course of 12 months’ duration or more.
You are considered long-term unemployed if you do not have a dependent child and have received an income support payment (other than a student payment) for at least 26 out of the last 39 weeks.
|If you are||The maximum fortnightly payment is|
|partnered, no children||$447.40|
Personal income test for ABSTUDY, Austudy and Youth Allowance
Your income affects the amount of payment you receive for ABSTUDY, Austudy or Youth Allowance. An income test works out what you will be paid.
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.
Your payment will be affected if your liquid assets equal or exceed $3,000 (single) or $6,000 (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.
Additional important information for Austudy
As an applicant for Austudy you will be assessed against an income and assets test.
The parental means test does not apply to Austudy. However, if you have a partner, your partner’s income and assets will affect your payment.
Your previous studies may affect your eligibility for Austudy.
Doctorates are not approved courses for Austudy.
You may be eligible for Austudy or Youth Allowance as a student if you are completing an approved course at an approved institution.
Study loads for Youth Allowance
To receive Youth Allowance as a student, you must be studying an approved course at an approved institution. In most cases, you need to be undertaking a full-time study load.
Allowable time for Austudy
The length of time you are allowed to receive Youth Allowance will depend upon your course and personal circumstances.
Other benefits while receiving Austudy
If you qualify for Austudy, you may be entitled to other payments and services such as:
How to claim Austudy
The easiest way to claim Austudy is online. The online claim will take you through a series of questions, such as your study details, income and assets and accommodation circumstances. If there are exceptional circumstances why you cannot claim online, please contact us.
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.
Reporting income if you work while receiving Austudy
If you are working while receiving Austudy, you must report your employment income to us every two weeks, even if you have a fortnight when your income is zero.
We will send you a Reporting and Income Statement every three months. This will tell you your reporting dates for the next three months, what information you need to provide to us and the balance of your income bank.
If you report your income by 5.00 pm on your reporting day, you will receive your payment the next working day. To report your income:
Advance payment options for Austudy
If you have been receiving Austudy continuously for at least three months and meet other eligibility requirements, you may be able to receive part of your payment in advance as a lump sum, called an Advance payment.
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.