ABSTUDY Living Allowance

A fortnightly payment to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians with living costs while studying or training.

If you were getting an eligible payment on 2 April 2019, we’ll pay you an Energy Assistance Payment in June.

Who can get it

You can get ABSTUDY Living Allowance if you’re an eligible student or Australian Apprentice.

ABSTUDY Living Allowance for students

From 1 January 2019, the Under 16 Boarding Supplement will stop. We’ll instead pay ABSTUDY Living Allowance at the away from home rate currently paid to students over 16. Read more about the changes to student payments from 1 January 2019.

To get Living Allowance as a student, you need to be getting ABSTUDY under 1 of the following awards:

You also need to be a full time or approved concessional study load student.

ABSTUDY Living Allowance for Australian Apprentices

To get Living Allowance as an Australian Apprentice, you need to be:

  • getting ABSTUDY under the Tertiary Award, and
  • doing a full time Australian Apprenticeship or traineeship under the Australian Apprenticeship scheme.

You can’t get Living Allowance if you’re getting other income support payments from us. 

How much you can get

The amount of Living Allowance you can get depends on:

Read more about payment rates for ABSTUDY.

You can also find, estimate and compare payments and services on the Payment and Service Finder.

Who we pay it to

If you can get Living Allowance, who we pay it to depends on your circumstances. We’ll let you know who we’ll pay Living Allowance to when you claim ABSTUDY.

You might be able to choose who we pay it to.

Your circumstances Who we pay ABSTUDY Living Allowance to

If you’re:

  • 18 years or older
  • claiming as an independent
  • a secondary non-school, tertiary, Masters or Doctorate student, or
  • doing an Australian Apprenticeship

You

If you’re 16-17 and a dependent secondary school student living at home.

One of the following:

  • your parent or guardian
  • you, if requested by your parent or guardian
  • you, if your parent or guardian uses it for other purposes like gambling or alcohol

If you’re under 16, a dependent secondary school student and living away from home.

One or more of the following:

  • your parent or guardian
  • your boarding school
  • your private board provider, if requested by your parent or guardian
  • your boarding hostel if it’s signatory to the Standard Hostels Agreement

If you’re 16 or over, a dependent secondary school student and living away from home.

One or more of the following:

  • your parent or guardian
  • you, if requested by your parent or guardian
  • your boarding school
  • your private board provider, if requested by your parent or guardian
  • your boarding hostel if it’s signatory to the Standard Hostels Agreement

How to claim it

Primary and secondary school students

You can claim ABSTUDY Living Allowance in the following ways:

Read more about claiming ABSTUDY.

Tertiary students and Australian Apprentices

If you’re a tertiary student or Australian Apprentice, you can claim Living Allowance online.

If you can’t claim online, you can still submit a claim in the following ways:

Read more about how to claim ABSTUDY Living Allowance.

Page last updated: 18 June 2019

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