Financial help to full-time students and Australian Apprentices aged 25 years or more.
- aged 25 years or more, and
- studying full-time in an approved course at an approved educational institution, or
- undertaking a full-time Australian Apprenticeship or traineeship
Eligibility & payment rates
You may be eligible for Austudy if you are:
- aged 25 years or more
- studying full-time in an approved course at an approved educational institution, or undertaking a full-time Australian Apprenticeship
- meet a personal income and assets test, and
- meet residence requirements
|If you are||Maximum payment per fortnight|
|single, with children||$567.60|
|couple, no children||$433.20|
|couple, with children||$475.70|
These special rates may apply if you:
- are long-term unemployed
- do not have a dependent child and have received an income support payment, other than a student payment, and
- were unemployed for at least 26 out of the last 39 weeks and starting full-time study in a course of 12 months’ duration or more
|If you are long-term unemployed and||Maximum payment per fortnight|
|couple, no children||$475.70|
Your income and assets affect the amount of Austudy or Youth Allowance you receive. An income and assets test works out what you will be paid.
As an applicant for Austudy you will need to meet an assets test.
Your payment will be affected if your liquid assets equal or exceed $5,500 for a single or $11,000 for a couple or single with dependants.
If your liquid assets are above this amount, there will be a liquid assets waiting period. This means that you may not receive a payment immediately. We will let you know how long you have to wait before you can be paid, which can be up to 13 weeks depending on:
- the amount of your liquid assets, and
- whether you are a member of a couple
- whether you have dependent children
To be eligible for Austudy you must satisfy residence requirements. You must:
- be an Australian resident, and
- be physically present in Australia on the day you lodge your claim, and
- continue to meet the residence requirements for as long as you get this payment
Newly arrived residents generally have a 104 week waiting period, with some exemptions.
Approved courses of study and institutions for Austudy, Youth Allowance and Pensioner Education Supplement
You need to be studying an approved course at an approved institution to receive Austudy, Youth Allowance as a student and Pensioner Education Supplement.
As an Austudy customer, you can earn up to $433 per fortnight before tax, before your payment is affected.
Income between $433 and $519 reduces your fortnightly payment by 50 cents in the dollar.
Income above $519 reduces your payment by 60 cents in the dollar.
Please see Income Bank for more information.
You need to maintain study load requirements to receive Austudy or Youth Allowance.
Allowable time is the amount of time you can receive a payment while studying.
If you are a student and receive Austudy you may qualify for a Low Income Health Care Card.
Read more about low income health care cards.
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 start your claim.
Once you have read about eligibility the next steps are:
- find out what you need before you start your claim
- start a claim
- provide your supporting documentation
- submit your claim
Managing your payment
You need to tell us if your circumstances change when you are receiving Austudy. For example, you need to tell us if:
- you reduce your study or training workload or
- you stop studying
- you change your address, or
- your income changes
You need to let us know within 14 days in case this affects your Austudy payment, because:
- if you don't tell us about the changes you may find yourself in debt
- if you are overpaid benefits, you will probably have to pay the money back
If you deliberately do not tell us about changes, you could be charged with fraud, and a recovery fee may be imposed if you give us incorrect information about your employment income.
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.
There are rules about when your Austudy can be paid when you travel outside Australia.
If you want someone else to handle your Centrelink, Child Support or Medicare business, you can authorise them to deal with us on your behalf.
In certain circumstances you may be eligible to receive your income support payment weekly, instead of fortnightly.
How much you earn affects your payment. We need to know what you have earned each fortnight so you are paid the right amount.
Austudy can continue to be paid to people who are over age pension age.
There is support available to help you manage your money if you have overdrawn your bank, building society or credit union account.
Do your Centrelink, Medicare and Child Support business using self service options, including our Express Plus mobile apps, online accounts and phone self service.
The VET Fee help scheme is being reformed to better protect students taking out a loan through the scheme. Read more about the VET Fee help reforms on the Study Assist website.
Express Plus Students offers students and Australian Apprentices a simple way to do their Centrelink business on the go using their mobile device.
Select the options that describe your circumstances then explore a suggested list of possible Centrelink and Medicare payments and services online.
Select your state and topics of interest to find links to government and community organisation support.