You need to meet eligibility requirements to get ABSTUDY.
To get ABSTUDY, you must be all of the following:
- Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Australian descent
- identify as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Australian
- accepted as such by the community in which you live or have lived
- an Australian citizen and normally live in Australia
- covered under 1 of the 7 ABSTUDY Awards, and
- be studying an approved course or doing an Australian Apprenticeship
You can’t get ABSTUDY if you’re getting other financial help to study. For example, an income support payment.
Read more about school to work transitions, including the Indigenous Youth Mobility Program, on the Department of Education’s website.
Read more about apprenticeships on the Australian Apprenticeships website.
ABSTUDY Policy Manual
We work out our ABSTUDY payments using the ABSTUDY Policy Manual.
To learn more about the policy, read the ABSTUDY Policy Manual on the Department of Social Services website.
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.
If you apply for ABSTUDY, we’ll assess you as being dependent or independent for payment.
We use income and assets tests to check if you can get some ABSTUDY payments and how much you might get.
You may get a higher rate of ABSTUDY if you need to live away from home to study or do your Australian Apprenticeship.
Information about Limited program schools for ABSTUDY, Assistance for Isolated Children and Youth Allowance for students and Australian Apprentices.
There are extra ABSTUDY allowances you may get to help with your study costs.
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.
If you study by distance education, you need to do an approved course with an approved institution.
You must study an approved course with an approved institution to get ABSTUDY or ABSTUDY Pensioner Education Supplement.
Page last updated: 3 July 2019