Have you noticed changes to student payments?

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The way dependent Youth Allowance, ABSTUDY Living Allowance and Assistance for Isolated Children Additional Boarding Allowance payments are worked out has changed.

You or your child’s Youth Allowance, ABSTUDY Living Allowance, School Fees Allowance Group 2, or Assistance for Isolated Children Additional Boarding Allowance payment amount may have changed. It may be because the family pool has been expanded to include younger siblings.  

The family pool

The family pool is the term used to describe dependent children in your family who may affect your or your child’s payment rate. We take the family pool into account when we assess your parental income.

The changes

From 1 July 2016, dependent children 15 years of age or younger in your family are now counted in your family pool as part of the:

In the past, siblings were only counted if they were dependent and:

  • 16 to 19 years of age and in secondary school
  • receiving Youth Allowance
  • receiving or eligible for ABSTUDY Living Allowance as a dependant
  • income tested School Fees Allowance Group 2 was being paid for them, or
  • Assistance for Isolated Children Additional Boarding Allowance was being paid for them

If you have other dependent children in your family, use your Centrelink online account through myGov to verify we have their details so we can include them as part of your family pool. If we don’t have details of all dependent children in your family, you or your child may not receive the correct rate.

You need to tell us every time there are any changes to your or your children’s circumstances, for example, they stop studying or move away from home. If you don’t tell us, you or your child may end up with a debt.  

Next steps

You can easily check and update your family’s details online with your Centrelink online account through myGov.

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Page last updated: 14 September 2016