You must study an approved course with an approved institution to get ABSTUDY or ABSTUDY Pensioner Education Supplement.
Approved courses meet certain rules. You may be studying an approved course if it’s:
- a primary or secondary school course
- a special school course
- a pre-vocational or vocational education and training course
- a course preparing you for tertiary study
- a TAFE or university course
- a masters or doctorate course
- an accredited Indigenous special course with a vocational focus
You can study an approved course by:
- attending classes
- distance education or correspondence
- open learning
- flexible delivery, or
- doing a combination of the above
If your course includes Away from Base activities, it may still be an approved course if you’re going away to attend:
- residential schools
- placements or field trips
- testing or assessment
Some courses are excluded courses. You can’t get ABSTUDY if you’re studying an excluded course. A course is excluded if it’s:
- an Australian Government funded program
- mostly made up of Away from Base activities
- not available to all Australian students
If you’re applying for Lawful Custody Allowance, your course may be approved under different criteria.
Your place of study may be approved if it’s a:
- primary or secondary school
- TAFE or registered training organisation
- special school
- higher education provider, like a university
- correctional services authority providing Indigenous special courses for students in lawful custody
Course and provider information
We define course and provider types using the Student Assistance (Education Institutions and Courses) Determination on the Federal Register of Legislation website.
Go to Providers that offer Commonwealth assistance on the StudyAssist website for a list of approved higher education providers.
We’ll tell you if your course and institution are approved when you submit your claim.