ABSTUDY Fares Allowance

Non-student travellers

Sometimes, someone other than you can get ABSTUDY Fares Allowance.

These travellers can also get additional help for overnight accommodation and meals, but not for any loss of pay.


Your partner and dependent children can get help for travel to and from your place of study if:

Family members

Your parent or guardian, partner or close family member can get help to travel to and from your place of study for:


Supervisors can get help to travel with the student if the student is:

  • studying at secondary school and getting ABSTUDY Fares Allowance, and
  • younger than 18

Supervisors are 18 or over and:

  • the student’s parent or guardian
  • a person from the student’s local community, or
  • a representative from the student’s school or hostel

Students younger than 12 must travel with a supervisor.

Students 12 to 17 years of age should travel with a supervisor when they:

  • are travelling to their place of study for the first time
  • are taking more than 1 type of travel, for example a flight and a bus
  • have a break in their trip, for example they need to take 2 flights and there’s a wait between the flights
  • will be travelling for more than 1 day
  • have missed buses, flights or trains in the past, or
  • need emotional or psychological support

Supervisors must look after the student if the trip doesn’t go as planned. For example, if a bus gets cancelled they must stay with the student until another one comes.

Travelling companions

A travelling companion can get help to travel with you if you:

  • are eligible for ABSTUDY Fares Allowance, and
  • need someone to travel with you because you’re sick, hurt or have a disability

A travelling companion can be anyone who can help you travel.

Travelling companions can get a trip between your home and place of study for all types of travel.

Educational institution representatives

Educational institutions may send representatives to your community to conduct:

Up to 2 representatives can get help to travel to your community to meet you if:

  • there are at least 6 students in your community who need to meet with them, or
  • it’s cheaper for the representatives to travel than the students to travel

Page last updated: 28 August 2018