You can’t get ABSTUDY Fares Allowance for all travel.
If we approve you to study overseas, you can get ABSTUDY Fares Allowance to travel within another country. You can’t get ABSTUDY Fares Allowance for travel from or to Australia.
You normally can’t get ABSTUDY Fares Allowance for weekend travel.
In some cases, you may be able to get the allowance for travel on the weekend. There are different conditions that apply, depending on your situation.
Primary or secondary school students under 18
If you’re a primary or secondary school student under 18, you may be able to travel on the weekend. All of the following must apply:
- you have a supervisor travelling with you
- you give us the names and numbers for 2 emergency contacts
- you have a Safe Travel Plan in place.
You need a Safe Travel Plan to claim ABSTUDY Fares Allowance for pre-booked travel. Ask your school about putting a plan in place. There are guidelines and a template on the Department of Social Services website.
If there are problems during your travel on a weekend and you need accommodation, we can’t help you. Your boarding school, hostel, supervisor or parent must arrange your accommodation if needed.
All other students
In some cases, over 18 and secondary students not at a secondary school can travel on a weekend. This may also apply if you're a tertiary student. You must do both of the following:
- give us the names and numbers for 2 emergency contacts
- manage any disruptions to your travel yourself.
You normally can’t get ABSTUDY Fares Allowance for interstate travel if you’re either:
- a secondary school student
- doing a Statement of Attainment, Certificate or Enabling course.
If you can get it, there are some restrictions around travel in these situations.
Secondary school students
You normally can’t get ABSTUDY Fares Allowance for interstate travel to get to your secondary school. Although, there are some times when you may be eligible for interstate travel. You may get it if any of the following apply:
- you live near a state or territory border and attend a nearby interstate school
- it’s more cost effective for you to travel interstate to your place of study
- you have a sibling attending the same school who already has approval to travel interstate because it’s cost effective
- all boarding schools you could stay at are in another state or territory
- you’re studying an approved special course in another state or territory
- you’re at an interstate school and your situation has changed, but it’s important you continue at that school
- you don’t have reasonable access to a Special Assistance School in your state or territory.
There are other times where you can travel interstate when you’re getting the higher away from home rate of ABSTUDY. You may get it if you attend an interstate school and you get:
- an approved Third-party Indigenous Scholarship
- an approved Boarding School Scholarship
- a Transition School Scholarship to attend the Melbourne Indigenous Transition School (MITS) or a MITS partner school.
Statement of Attainment, Certificate or Enabling courses
You normally can’t get ABSTUDY Fares Allowance for interstate travel to attend a Statement of Attainment, Certificate or Enabling course.
You can get it if:
- it’s cheaper for you to travel to your place of study across a border
- you have an offer of an interstate placement in the Indigenous Youth Mobility Pathways Project.
You can also can get it if a similar course isn’t available in your state or territory. For this to happen, your place of study will need an exemption from the Department of Social Services.
If you have questions about ABSTUDY Fares Allowance, call the ABSTUDY students line.
Page last updated: 26 June 2019