Helps with the cost of school fees for parents and guardians getting ABSTUDY Schooling A for their child.
Who can get it
- are getting an income support payment
- are getting Farm Household Allowance
- are getting ABSTUDY Living Allowance, or
- have a current Health Care Card or Low Income Health Care Card
If you or your partner don’t meet the criteria above, you can still get School Fees Allowance (Group 1) for your child if they’re in state care, and:
- under the minimum school leaving age for their State or Territory, and
- can’t get a higher rate of ABSTUDY
Or, you can get School Fees Allowance (Group 1) for your child if they’re an orphan, their parents can’t take care of them, or it’s unreasonable for them to live at home but they’re not considered independent because of their age.
How much you can get
There are 2 maximum rates. This is the most School Fees Allowance (Group 1) we can pay.
|If your child||Maximum rate of School Fees Allowance (Group 1)|
|is turning 16 before 1 July in the year of study||$78 a year|
|is younger than 16 on 30 June in the year of study||$156 a year|
We pay the maximum rate if:
- School Fees Allowance is paid to the school, or
- you choose to pay the fees yourself and they’re the same, or more than, the maximum rate
We pay less than the maximum rate, but enough to pay the fees, if:
- you choose to pay the fees yourself, and
- the fees are less than the maximum rate
How we pay the allowance
We normally pay School Fees Allowance to the school unless you choose to pay the fees yourself. We pay it when your child starts school.
If you choose to pay the fees yourself, we pay School Fees Allowance to you after you’ve given us proof of payment.
What happens when there are changes to study
If we paid School Fees Allowance (Group 1) but your child didn’t end up studying, the money must be paid back to us by:
- the school, if we paid School Fees Allowance to the school, or
- you, if we paid School Fees Allowance to you
If your child started studying and then stopped, you don’t need to pay us back.
If your child changed schools within the same year, we won’t pay a second School Fees Allowance (Group 1) for the new school. Some education departments let schools transfer unused School Fees Allowance. This is a voluntary agreement between the schools and you’ll need to discuss this with the school.