Payment for Fares Allowance

You are paid Fares Allowance for the cost of the least expensive and available form of public transport within Australia.

Public transport

You can use the allowance for the cost of the least expensive practical form of public transport. This could be by air, ferry, coach, train, bus or combination of transport. We may also cover the cost of standard baggage fees.

In some instances, excess baggage fees may be reimbursed or pre-booked. For example, for a music student who has to transport their double bass between their permanent home and place of study.


Sonya is studying at Charles Sturt University in Bathurst, NSW. She is receiving Youth Allowance as a dependent student at the away from home rate because her parent’s home is in Townsville, Qld.

Sonya paid for a flight home to see her parents at the end of the study year and had to take a bus to the airport. Sonya should submit a claim for Fares Allowance for both the cost of the flight and the bus ticket. If Sonya chose to travel by private vehicle instead of the bus, we would only pay her the amount of a bus fare as this is the cheapest form of public transport available.

Private transport

Where it is not practical or reasonable to make all of the journey by public transport, you may use another form of transport. You will have to explain why you could not travel by public transport.

Page last updated: 25 January 2016