A group of payments for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander students or apprentices.
- you're an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Australian, and
- in an approved course, Australian Apprenticeship or traineeship, and
- not getting another payment to study or train
Eligibility & payment rates
Who can get it
You can get ABSTUDY if you’re an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Australian and meet certain criteria.
What it covers
ABSTUDY can help with your study costs and housing if you need to travel to study.
There are 7 ABSTUDY awards that help us work out which payments you can get.
Dependent or independent
If you apply for ABSTUDY, you’ll be assessed as being dependent or independent for payment.
Income and assets tests
The amount of ABSTUDY you get will depend on your personal circumstances.
Higher rates when living away from home
You may get a higher rate of ABSTUDY if you need to live away from home to study or do your Australian Apprenticeship.
Helps cover the cost of travel between your permanent home and place of study if you need to live away from home to study and receive ABSTUDY.
Read more about the ABSTUDY Fares Allowance.
A payment to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians with the cost of starting or continuing study or training.
Read more about Incidentals Allowance
School Fees Allowance
Helps with the cost of school fees for ABSTUDY students and their families.
Read more about the ABSTUDY School Fees Allowance.
Residential Costs Option
An option for students to help pay residential costs while living away from home to study.
The amount of ABSTUDY you get depends on your situation.
Distance and online education for tertiary and secondary students
If you study by distance education, you need to do an approved course with an approved institution.
Approved courses and institutions for ABSTUDY
You must study an approved course with an approved institution to get ABSTUDY or ABSTUDY Pensioner Education Supplement.
Check if you're eligible before you start your claim.
- decide how to submit your claim
- complete your claim
- complete your supporting forms
- submit your claim before the closing date, and
- after we assess your claim we tell you the outcome
Managing your payment
Annual parental income test reassessment
If you're dependent and you get Youth Allowance or ABSTUDY, we may need your parents’ or guardians’ income details each year.
Change of circumstances
You must tell us if things change as it may affect your payment.
You may get part of your income support early. This is an advance payment. You pay it back later out of your payments from us.
Weekly payment option
Some people can get income support payments each week instead of each fortnight.
While travelling outside Australia
To get your payment while outside Australia you must continue to meet the qualification rules for ABSTUDY.
Online review of study details
We may send a letter to your myGov inbox asking you to complete an online review of your study details.
Vocational Education and Training - VET Student Loans
Eligible Students can get a VET Student Loan to access higher level VET qualifications.
Payment and Service Finder
Select the options that describe your circumstances, then explore a list of possible Centrelink and Medicare payments and services online.
Manage your money
We’ve got advice and tools to help you with budgeting, borrowing and credit, and managing debt.
Regular deductions using Centrepay
You can use our free and voluntary service to pay bills as regular deductions from your Centrelink payments.