Limit the Six-Week Portability Period for Student Payments

Students who travel overseas from 1 October 2014 will only be eligible to continue to receive student payments (Youth Allowance (student), Austudy and ABSTUDY) in certain circumstances.

This measure started on 1 January 2015.

Description of the measure

Students who travel overseas from 1 October 2014 will only be eligible to continue to receive student payments (Youth Allowance (student), Austudy and ABSTUDY) where they are:

  • undertaking approved overseas study that is part of their full-time Australian course, including for up to 10 days travelling to and from their eligible course
  • attending an acute family crisis
  • receiving eligible medical treatment not available in Australia
  • attending a training camp with the Australian Armed Forces Reserves.

Questions and answers

Who will be affected by this measure?

People being paid Youth Allowance (student), Austudy or ABSTUDY who are planning to travel overseas on, or after 1 October 2014.

Am I eligible for this measure?

From 1 October 2014, payment of Youth Allowance (student), Austudy and ABSTUDY while you are overseas will only be possible where you are travelling to:

  • undertake approved study outside Australia as part of your full-time Australian course
  • deal with an acute family crisis such as the death of a family member, or a family member who has been hospitalised due to a serious illness
  • receive eligible medical treatment of a kind not available in Australia
  • undertake Australian Armed Forces Reserve service in attending overseas training camps.

If you leave Australia before 1 October 2014 you will be paid under the existing rules affecting payment overseas.

When will this measure start and finish?

This measure will start on 1 October 2014 and will be ongoing.

Page last updated: 16 March 2016

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