Education and training providers, parent and student groups

Information on student payments for educational institutions, training providers, parent and student groups.

Annual parental income test reassessment for Youth Allowance and ABSTUDY customers

Each year, in September, parents or guardians of dependent Youth Allowance, ABSTUDY Living Allowance and School Fees Allowance Group 2 customers need to update their income details.

Customers will get a letter with instructions on how their parents or guardians can do this online.

The parental income test reassessment looks at the parent or guardian’s combined income. This is done to ensure customers are being paid the correct amount.

Read more about the Annual parental income test reassessment.

Liquid Assets Waiting Period increase

The allowable liquid assets amount for those claiming Newstart Allowance, Sickness Allowance, Youth Allowance and Austudy has changed. A waiting period will now be applied if customers have funds equal to or above:

  • $5,500 if they are single with no dependents, or
  • $11,000 if they are partnered, or single with dependents

Read more about waiting periods.

Self servicing arrangements for students

Most students can self manage certain transactions through our different channels.

Students should use our self service options such as their Centrelink online account through myGov, the Express Plus Centrelink mobile app or phone self service to:

  • report employment income
  • claim Youth Allowance (online only)
  • update address details
  • request income statements
  • claim an advance payment

Students can now submit their documents online

Providing documents online is safe, secure and convenient. Students can now submit most documents, except proof of identity, through their Centrelink online account through myGov or the Express Plus Centrelink mobile app.

Read more about submitting documents online.

Keep your publications up to date

You can now order some of our publications online. View our order products page for more information.

Payments for students

We provide financial support to help with the cost of studying.

Youth Allowance provides financial help for people aged 16 to 24 years who are studying full time, undertaking a full time Australian Apprenticeship, training, looking for work or sick.

Austudy provides financial help for full time students and Australian Apprentices 25 years or older.

ABSTUDY provides financial help for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians who are studying or are undertaking an Australian Apprenticeship.

ABSTUDY School Fees Allowance for students 15 years of age or younger assists students and their families to pay for school fees charged by an approved educational institution. This is usually paid directly to the school.

Boarding schools and hostels should read the ABSTUDY fares allowance information for boarding schools and hostels.

ABSTUDY Residential Costs Option allows students to have their residential costs paid while receiving a reduced rate of ABSTUDY Living Allowance or zero rate of ABSTUDY Pensioner Education Supplement.

Read more about our range of additional payments for students and trainees.

Tools and services for education, parent and student bodies

There are a range of tools and services available for education, parent and student bodies.

View these videos on our YouTube channel, for more information about payments:

We also have online guides for more information on:

For current payment rates you can download A Guide to Australian Government Payments, updated quarterly.

Payment Finder provides options for students to describe their circumstances then explores a suggested list of possible payments.

The Study Assist website provides information to current and prospective students about Australian Government assistance for financing tertiary study. It includes information about subsidised fees and government loans.

The online estimators let students estimate or compare payments on current or proposed circumstances.

Australian businesses can securely exchange documents and information with us using the Centrelink Information Exchange Service.

Student Regional Area Search service can determine whether a student or their family live in a regional or remote area.

The Education Institutions eService helps you determine ABSTUDY assistance online.

Page last updated: 5 October 2016

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