Assistance for Isolated Children Scheme while travelling outside Australia

There are rules about how long Assistance for Isolated Children Scheme payments can be paid outside Australia.

Rules for Assistance for Isolated Children Scheme outside Australia

If you or the student leave Australia to live in another country, your payment will stop on departure.

If you leave Australia temporarily you can continue being paid for up to 2 years as long as the student continues to meet the eligibility criteria.

If the student travels overseas and:

  • is on an approved exchange program that is credited to their Australian course, remains enrolled at an Australian education institution and continues to incur the costs in Australia, you can continue to be paid for the duration of the program, or
  • is enrolled at an approved Australian distance education institution and studying full time outside Australia for less than 12 months, you can continue to be paid for 12 months

If the student has left Australia without having their overseas study approved, and you provide the information mentioned above, we will reassess their eligibility.

When to tell us about your travel

You should tell us if you or the student leave Australia and:

  • you or the student are going to live in another country
  • you will be leaving temporarily for more than 2 years, or
  • the student is studying outside Australia as part of a full time Australian course
  • the student is leaving temporarily and will not be continuing to study on a full time basis

Otherwise you do not need to tell us that you or the student are leaving Australia. Australia's immigration department will advise us when you or the student leave and return to Australia.

The easiest way to tell us about your travel plans is to use your Centrelink online account through myGov. You can get tailored information on how your payments and concession cards could be affected.

Read more about payments while outside Australia.

Page last updated: 4 November 2016

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