ABSTUDY Under-16 Boarding Supplement – extend to hostels

From 1 July 2015, the Under-16 Boarding Supplement will be payable to qualifying hostels that accommodate ABSTUDY students.

This Budget measure is not subject to the passage of legislation.

Description of the measure

From 1 July 2015, the Under-16 Boarding Supplement will be payable to qualifying hostels that accommodate ABSTUDY students, who are:

  • aged under 16
  • receiving the away from home rate of Living Allowance, and
  • are a secondary school student

To date, the Under-16 Boarding Supplement has been payable to eligible boarding schools only.

Qualifying hostels accommodating ABSTUDY students will receive the same rate of assistance as eligible boarding schools for eligible ABSTUDY students aged under 16.

The supplement will be paid directly to qualifying hostels for eligible students.

Questions and answers

Who will be affected by this measure?

This measure will affect secondary school students living in hostel accommodation who receive the ABSTUDY away from home rate of Living Allowance. This measure also affects qualifying hostels providing accommodation to eligible ABSTUDY students.

Who is eligible for this measure?

To be eligible for ABSTUDY Under-16 Boarding Supplement a person must be:

  • a secondary school student aged under 16 years
  • approved for the away from home rate of ABSTUDY Living Allowance
  • residing in a qualifying hostel

The supplement will be paid directly to qualifying hostels for eligible students.

The date this measure will start and finish

This measure will start on 1 July 2015 and is ongoing.

Page last updated: 15 March 2016

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