Assistance for Isolated Children Scheme

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.

The amount of Additional Boarding Allowance you can get depends on parental income and the boarding fees you pay for child. The amount may also be affected if you or your partner get:

  • child support, or
  • maintenance for the child you’re claiming Assistance for Isolated Children for

We adjust payment rates on 1 January each year in line with increases in the cost of living. This doesn't apply to the Assistance for Isolated Children Pensioner Education Supplement.

Assistance for Isolated Children Scheme allowance Maximum rate for 2018 Maximum rate for 2019
Boarding Allowance (Basic and Additional)

$10,615 per year, made up of 2 parts:

  • $8,249 – basic
  • $2,366 – additional, subject to parental income and actual boarding costs

$10,838 per year, made up of 2 parts:

  • $8,422 – basic
  • $2,416 – additional, subject to parental income and actual boarding costs
Second Home Allowance $240.30 per fortnight, per child $245.36 per fortnight, per child
Distance Education Allowance $4,124 per year $4,211 per year
Assistance for Isolated Children Pensioner Education Supplement $62.40 per fortnight $62.40 per fortnight

We pay the parent or carer. However, you can choose to have your payments paid to the child’s school or the boarding provider.

Page last updated: 20 September 2018