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.
Approved secondary courses include:
- an accredited secondary course through a secondary school or TAFE, higher education institution or special school
- English as a second language (ESL) course
- preparatory courses for tertiary education
- school based apprenticeship or traineeship
- some language, literacy and numeracy courses
Approved tertiary courses include:
- pre-vocational courses
- ESL courses
- Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses
- associate degrees or diplomas
- diplomas or advanced diplomas
- bachelor degrees
- bridging study for overseas-trained professionals
- graduate certificate or diploma courses
- Master’s qualifying courses
- Master’s by coursework programs, where approved by the Minister for Social Services
- combined courses comprised of approved courses specified in the Student Assistance (Education Institutions and Courses) Determination guide on the Department of Social Services website
- open learning
You are unable to qualify for Austudy or Pensioner Education Supplement if you have already completed a course leading to a Doctorate degree or equivalent.
Students can receive ABSTUDY Pensioner Education Supplement to undertake approved Master’s and Doctorate courses.
Approved institutions may include:
- government schools, including those offering distance education or correspondence courses
- non-government education institutions offering primary, ungraded, secondary or special courses accredited by the relevant state or territory education authority
- senior secondary colleges
- TAFE institutions
- registered training organisations (vocational education and training (VET) providers)
- higher education providers
Find out if your course or institution is approved
Find out if your course or institution is approved, in the Student Assistance (Education Institutions and Courses) Determination guide on the Department of Social Services website.