Assistance for Isolated Children Scheme

A group of payments for parents and carers of children who can't go to a local state school because of geographical isolation, disability or special needs.

Eligibility basics

  • you have a child who can’t go to school unless they live away from home, in a second home or study from home
  • this is because they live in an isolated area with no local state schools or
  • they have a disability or other special need that local state schools can’t meet

Eligibility & payment rates

Eligibility

The Assistance for Isolated Children Scheme includes 3 allowances and 1 supplement.

Read more about eligibility

Payment types

Your child’s living arrangements will determine which allowance or supplement you get.

Read more about payment types

Approved courses of study and institutions

The student must study full time in an approved course at an approved institution to get Assistance for Isolated Children.

Read more about approved courses of study and institutions

Payment rates

The amount of Assistance for Isolated Children you get depends on the student's living arrangements during the school year and number of eligible children in your family.

Read more about how much you can get

Payment frequency

Assistance for Isolated Children payments are made per term or fortnight depending on the payment type.

Read more about the frequency of payments

Other payments

If you get another payment from us, you may also get the Assistance for Isolated Children payment.

Read more about if you get other payments

Parental means test

Under the scheme, only Additional Boarding Allowance is income tested.

Read more about parental means testing

Residence rules

On the day you claim Assistance for Isolated Children you and the child you're claiming for must live in Australia.

Read more about residence rules

Claiming

Check if you're eligible before you start your claim.

Then:

  • decide how to submit your claim
  • complete your claim
  • submit your claim by 31 December of the study year
  • submit any supporting documents with your claim, or as soon as possible
  • after we assess your claim we tell you the outcome

Next

Managing your payment

Change of circumstances

If your circumstances change, this may affect your eligibility and payment of Assistance for Isolated Children.

Read more about change of circumstances

While travelling outside Australia

There are rules about how long we can pay Assistance for Isolated Children Scheme payments outside Australia.

Read more about Assistance for Isolated Children Scheme while travelling outside

My bank account is overdrawn

You can get help to manage your money if your bank account is overdrawn.

Read more about what to do if your account is overdrawn

Page last updated: 1 November 2017