Education Entry Payment
Available to people receiving some income support payments to help with the cost of study.
You may be eligible for Education Entry Payment if you:
- receive Newstart Allowance, Parenting Payment partnered, Partner Allowance or Widow Allowance and have received this payment continuously for at least 12 months
- have started or will start an approved education course, and
- have not received Education Entry Payment in the last 12 months
You may also be eligible if you have not already received Education Entry Payment in the current calendar year and receive:
- Pensioner Education Supplement and either Carer Payment, Disability Support Pension, Parenting Payment single, Special Benefit in some circumstances, or Widow B Pension, or
- Wife Pension
Education Entry Payment is a taxable payment of $208 paid once each year.
When you will be paid depends on when you become eligible. You will receive your first payment either:
- on or after the start date of your course, or
- when your Pensioner Education Supplement starts
If you remain eligible, subsequent payments will be paid every 12 months from your eligibility date if you receive:
- Newstart Allowance
- Parenting Payment partnered
- Partner Allowance, or
- Widow Allowance
For example, if you became eligible for Education Entry Payment in June 2016, you will receive subsequent payments in June each year you qualify for Education Entry Payment.
Your subsequent payments will be paid in January each year you qualify if you receive:
- Carer Payment
- Disability Support Pension
- Parenting Payment single
- Special Benefit in some circumstances
- Widow B Pension, or
- Wife Pension
For example, if you became eligible for Education Entry Payment in March 2016, you will receive subsequent payments in January each year you qualify for Education Entry Payment.
If you receive Pensioner Education Supplement, we will automatically assess your eligibility for Education Entry Payment. You do not need to do anything.
If you do not receive Pensioner Education Supplement, you will need to ask us to assess your eligibility for Education Entry Payment. For us to do this, please provide us with your proof of your enrolment in an approved education course.
If you are assessed as eligible for Education Entry Payment, details of the payments will appear in your next statement.
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