- studying in a secondary or tertiary course
- already receiving a pension or payment
- studying full time in an approved course, undertaking approved activities or in some circumstances, part time
Eligibility & payment rates
Eligibility for Pensioner Education Supplement
You may be eligible for Pensioner Education Supplement or ABSTUDY Pensioner Education Supplement if you receive certain payments.
Payment rates for Pensioner Education Supplement
There are 2 supplement payment rates depending on your level of study and personal circumstances.
Residence requirements for the Pensioner Education Supplement
To be eligible for the Pensioner Education Supplement you must satisfy residence requirements. You must:
- be an Australian resident
- be physically present in Australia on the day you submit 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 as a student and Pensioner Education Supplement.
Claiming Pensioner Education Supplement
You should submit your claim for Pensioner Education Supplement or ABSTUDY Pensioner Education Supplement as soon as possible so that we can pay you from the earliest possible date.
Managing your payment
Pensioner Education Supplement while travelling outside Australia
If you leave Australia to live in another country, your Pensioner Education Supplement will stop on departure.
Provided you continue to be paid your main payment such as Disability Support Pension or Carer Payment, and you continue studying for instance during holidays or semester breaks, you will continue to receive your Pensioner Education Supplement for up to 6 weeks outside Australia.
You may be able to be paid for more than 6 weeks if you are studying outside Australia as part of a full time Australian course.
Advising us of your travel outside Australia
Check your main payment type to find out whether you should tell us if you are leaving Australia.
What to do if your account is overdrawn
There is support available to help you manage your money if you have overdrawn your bank, building society or credit union account.
Pensioner Education Supplement information in your language
Read more about the Pensioner Education Supplement in your language.
Managing your money
Getting control of your money can be hard, but we’ve got some great advice and tools to help. Read more about budgeting, borrowing and credit, and managing debt, to help manage your money.