Is your child under 18 and getting ABSTUDY Fares Allowance?

From 1 July 2019, your child must have a Safe Travel Plan for pre-booked travel. Here’s how to set one up.

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About Safe Travel Plans

A Safe Travel Plan is a plan that’s agreed between you, your child and your child’s school. It includes important details about your child’s travel to help them get to where they’re going safely.

Your child’s Safe Travel Plan includes:

  • information about their travel
  • who they’re travelling with
  • who can help if something unexpected happens.

From 1 July 2019, your child will need a Safe Travel plan if they’re all of the following:

  • under 18
  • a secondary student
  • pre-booking travel using ABSTUDY Fares Allowance.

Ask your child’s school about putting a Safe Travel Plan in place. There’s a Safe Travel Plan template on the Department of Social Services website.

About Fares Allowance

ABSTUDY Fares Allowance helps with the costs of your child travelling between their home and place of study.

Your child may get it if they get ABSTUDY and need to live away from home to study.

Your child can use ABSTUDY Fares Allowance for any of the following approved trips:

  • going to and from school each term or semester
  • travel home for school holidays
  • interviews or orientation at a school
  • travel home if they’re sick or for compassionate reasons
  • travel for a special purpose such as ceremonies, sporting events or graduation.

Next steps

You can:

Page last updated: 3 June 2019

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