Types of travel for ABSTUDY Fares Allowance

You can only get ABSTUDY Fares Allowance for certain types of travel.

ABSTUDY Fares Allowance helps with the cost of approved travel.

We work out if you can get it based on your type of travel.

There are restrictions that mean you can’t get ABSTUDY Fares Allowance for certain travel.

When you should tell us about your travel

You can tell us about your travel and claim before or after your trip.

If you claim before your trip, you need to either call:

  • the ABSTUDY students line
  • your boarding school, if that’s where you go, or
  • your hostel, if that’s where you stay

We’ll then book the travel for you.

If you claim after your trip, you’ll need to pay for and book the travel and then apply for reimbursement.

Reimbursement means, you pay upfront and then we pay you back.

Your Study

The type of travel your ABSTUDY Fares Allowance covers depends on the type of student you are. In the table below:

  • a tick means you get the allowance, and
  • a cross means you can't
Type of travel Secondary students Tertiary students and secondary students not at a secondary school
orientation or special purpose travel
start and end of studies travel
school holiday travel
study of more than 1 semester travel
exam travel
graduation travel
compassionate travel
travel if you're expelled

Types of travel

You can only get ABSTUDY Fares Allowance for the following types of travel.

Orientation or special purpose travel

You can get help for a return trip to your place of study:

  • for a boarding school interview
  • if you’re from a remote community and boarding away from home for the first time, or
  • if you finished secondary studies last year and will do an approved tertiary course for at least 1 year

A family member can get the allowance for a return trip to your place of study if:

  • you're at risk of suspension or expulsion, and
  • a visit from your family member will help you stay in school
Approved travel Yes or No
Between your home and place of study
To somewhere other than your place of study or your home
Someone other than you can travel

Start and end of studies travel

You can get help for travel to your:

  • place of study at the start of your school term, semester or trimester, and
  • home at the end
     
Approved travel Yes or No
Between your home and place of study
To somewhere other than your place of study or your home
Someone other than you can travel

School holiday travel

You can get help for up to 3 return trips between your place of study and home for the school holidays every year:

You can't get help for

  • travel over Easter, unless Easter is in the school holidays
  • long weekends, or
  • when boarding schools or hostels close
     
Approved travel Yes or No
Between your home and place of study
To somewhere other than your place of study or your home
Someone other than you can travel

Travel for study of more than 1 semester

You can get help for travel to and from your place of study if your course is longer than 1 semester. You can travel any time in the academic year.

Approved travel Yes or No
Between your home and place of study
To somewhere other than your place of study or your home
A travelling companion can travel with you

Exam travel

You can get help for travel to and from an exam centre to do a supplementary or deferred exam.

Approved travel Yes or No
Between your home and exam centre
To somewhere other than your home or exam centre
Supervisors and travelling companions can travel with you

Graduation travel

You can get help for travel to and from your graduation ceremony if:

  • you got ABSTUDY for:
    • a tertiary course that was the equivalent of at least 2 years full time. For example, 4 years part time,
    • an honours degree

And during your course you got:

  • ABSTUDY Fares Allowance, or
  • help to travel under the Indigenous Education Training Program

You can get help with meals or accommodation if you have to stay overnight because of your travel schedule.

Approved travel Yes or No
Between your home and graduation venue
To somewhere other than your graduation venue and home
A travelling companion can travel with you

You can’t get help for graduation travel if you only got ABSTUDY Fares Allowance for a:

  • placement
  • field trip, or
  • testing and assessment program

Compassionate travel

You can get help for 2 return trips to your place of study every year if:

  • an immediate family member is critically sick or hurt
  • you need to go home because you’re sick or hurt
  • a family member has died
  • you’re going to a family member’s funeral, or
  • you need to attend an event because you live in a community with:
    • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander lore, or
    • kinship obligations
Approved travel Yes or No
Between your home and graduation venue
To somewhere other than your home or place of study
Someone other than you can travel

Travel if you're expelled

You get help to travel home if you’re expelled from secondary school.

We can only pay for this in specific circumstances and when there’s no other solution.

You need to talk to your school. They must confirm in writing that you meet these specific circumstances.

Approved travel Yes or No
To your home only
To somewhere other than your home
A supervisor can travel with you

Page last updated: 4 October 2017