ABSTUDY

ABSTUDY Living Allowance

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

Who can get it

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

You don't need to submit a claim for Living Allowance, we’ll tell you if you can get it when you claim ABSTUDY.

ABSTUDY Living Allowance for students

To get Living Allowance as a student, you need to be getting ABSTUDY under one 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

You don’t need to submit a separate claim for Living Allowance. We’ll tell you if you can get it when you claim ABSTUDY.

Read more about how to claim ABSTUDY.

Page last updated: 5 July 2018