Helps with costs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians who are studying or undertaking an Australian Apprenticeship.
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
- enrolled in an approved course or undertaking an Australian Apprenticeship
- not receiving any other government assistance to study or do an apprenticeship or traineeship
Eligibility & payment rates
To be eligible for ABSTUDY you must be an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Australian, an Australian citizen and usually live in Australia, enrolled in an approved course or an Australian Apprentice, and not receiving any other government assistance to study or complete your apprenticeship.
To be eligible for ABSTUDY you must be:
- an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Australian
- able to meet residence requirements
- enrolled in an approved course or undertaking a full-time Australian Apprenticeship, and
- not receiving any other government assistance to study or complete your apprenticeship
If you are studying at a secondary school or college, TAFE (a technical and further education college), university or other approved tertiary institution, or in a full-time Australian Apprenticeship, ABSTUDY can help with your costs for:
- fares to travel to your place of study each term or semester if you need to study away from home
- prescription medicine
If you qualify for ABSTUDY, you may be entitled to other payments and benefits too.
The amount of ABSTUDY you get depends on your circumstances, such as your study load, what course you are studying and your age.
If you are living away from your permanent home to study or do your apprenticeship, you may receive a higher rate of ABSTUDY.
If you apply for ABSTUDY, you will be assessed as being either dependent or independent.
We may use income and assets tests to work out how much you should be paid. We might assess your income, your family’s income and your partner’s income.
To be eligible for ABSTUDY you must satisfy residence requirements. You must be:
- living in Australia, and
- hold Australian citizenship
If you are a student applying for ABSTUDY you must be:
- enrolled in an approved course of study, or
- undertaking an approved testing and assessment activity that will determine your suitability:
- to undertake an approved course, or
- for the Indigenous Youth Mobility Program
Approved education providers 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
- higher education institution
- correctional services authorities providing secondary or tertiary level Indigenous special courses for students in lawful custody
Approved courses may be studied by:
- attendance at classes
- distance education or correspondence
- external studies
- open learning
- flexible delivery, or
- a combination of the above
An Australian Apprentice will need a current Commonwealth Registration Number that relates to a full-time apprenticeship, traineeship, or trainee apprenticeship under the Australian Apprenticeships Scheme.
Payment to help students with the costs of living away from home to study.
If you are a distance education student you need to be studying an approved course at an approved institution.
Check if you are eligible for this payment before you claim.
Once you have read about eligibility the next steps are:
- register an intent to claim
- read the conditions for claiming
- decide how you will submit your claim
- complete your claim forms
- complete your supporting forms
- submit your claim
- we will assess your claim and let you know the outcome
Managing your payment
If you're a dependant and get Youth Allowance, ABSTUDY or School Fees Allowance, your parents or guardians must do the parental income test each year.
Do your Centrelink, Medicare and Child Support business using self service options, including our Express Plus mobile apps, online accounts and phone self service.
If you do not tell us when your circumstances changed you may be doing the wrong thing.
For example, not telling us if:
- your personal circumstances change
- you change your address
- your income changes
- you do not have to lodge a tax return
- your care arrangements change
- your work or study load changes
Doing the right thing is easy:
- tell us about changes to your circumstances as soon as possible
- regularly check that your information is up to date through your myGov account
It is never too late to report a change. By telling us about any changes today, we can help make sure you receive the correct payment.
If you have received payments you are not eligible for, you may have to repay the amount plus a recovery fee. Having to repay a debt may be difficult but choosing not to tell us when your circumstances change could lead to far more serious consequences.
If you deliberately do not tell us when your circumstances change, you could be committing fraud. Read more about how to avoid committing fraud.
You may be eligible to receive part of your income support payment in advance depending on how long you have been getting it and the amount that you get.
To get your payment while outside Australia you must continue to meet the qualification rules for ABSTUDY.
You may be eligible to receive your income support payment weekly, instead of fortnightly, in certain circumstances.
There is support available to help you manage your money if you have overdrawn your bank, building society or credit union account.
Getting control of your money can be hard, but we’ve got some great advice and tools to help. Read more about budgeting, borrowing and credit, and managing debt, to help manage your money.
- ABSTUDY Fares Allowance
- Centrelink online accounts
- Child Dental Benefits Schedule
- Clean Energy Advance
- Crisis Payment
- Ex-Carer Allowance (Child) Health Care Card
- Fares Allowance
- Income Bank
- Income Support Bonus
- Jobs, Education and Training Child Care Fee Assistance
- Pension Supplement
- Pharmaceutical Allowance
- Relocation Scholarship
- Rent Assistance
- Rent Deduction Scheme
- Schoolkids Bonus
- Sickness Allowance
- Student Start-up Loan
- Student Start-up Scholarship
- Youth Disability Supplement