Claiming ABSTUDY Fares Allowance

You can claim ABSTUDY Fares Allowance before your trip and we’ll book the trip for you. Or you can book and then apply for reimbursement from us after your trip.

Travel for secondary school students

If you live at a boarding school or hostel

If you want to claim before your trip, follow these steps.

  1. Your parent or guardian must let your boarding school or hostel know about your travel needs.
  2. The boarding school or hostel will let us know.
  3. We’ll book the trip for you.
  4. We’ll give your boarding school or hostel a copy of your itinerary to give to you.

You must give us at least 6 weeks’ notice before your trip. If you’re applying for compassionate travel less than 6 weeks away, give as much notice as possible.

If you live in a private boarding arrangement

If you want to claim before your trip, you or your parent or guardian must call the ABSTUDY students line. You must give us at least 7 days’ notice.

If you’re applying for compassionate travel less than 7 days away, give as much notice as possible.

We’ll give a copy of the itinerary to whoever booked.

Travel for secondary students not at a secondary school and tertiary students

If you want to claim before your trip, you must call the ABSTUDY students line. You must give us at least 7 days’ notice.

If you’re applying for compassionate travel less than 7 days away, give as much notice as possible.

We’ll give you a copy of the itinerary.

Reimbursing fares

We’ll reimburse the cost of your trip if:

  • you’re eligible for ABSTUDY Fares Allowance, and
  • you pay for your trip yourself

You’ll get the lesser amount of the:

  • cost of the most reasonable travel, or
  • actual cost of the trip

Example

Tiyana is a tertiary student at the University of Sydney. She normally lives in Coffs Harbour. Tiyana paid $250 for an economy airfare to go home during semester break. She applies for the money back. We pay the cost of a bus ticket, as this would’ve been the most reasonable transport.

To get reimbursed, submit an ABSTUDY Fares Allowance Claim.

You must give us proof of travel expenses, such as tickets or receipts.

You have until 1 April in the year following your eligible travel to claim.

Proof to support your claim

You may need to give us documents to explain the reason you need to travel.

If your reason for travel is You need to give us
You need to go to an interview to get into a boarding school A letter from the school saying you needed to go to the interview
You’re at risk of suspension or expulsion A letter from your school saying you’re at risk of suspension or expulsion
You have an immediate family member who’s critically sick or hurt A letter from a health worker or community leader explaining the situation
You need to go home because you’re sick or hurt A letter from a health worker outlining the situation
You need to join in a community event A letter from a community leader explaining the event and your involvement
You’re secondary school has expelled you Your school must give us the completed ABSTUDY expulsion checklist
You’re travelling to and from an exam centre A letter from your place of study confirming you need to take a deferred or supplementary exam
You’re travelling to your graduation ceremony A letter from your place of study confirming you’ll be graduating from your course

You can submit an ABSTUDY Fares Allowance Claim and proof to support your claim:

Department of Human Services
Student Services
Reply Paid 7804
Canberra BC ACT 2610
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Page last updated: 14 August 2017