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.

Assistance for Isolated Children Scheme payments are not taxable. Except for Additional Boarding Allowance, payments don't have income and assets tests.

The amount of Additional Boarding Allowance you can get depends on parental income and the boarding fees you pay for child.

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 2019
Boarding Allowance (Basic and Additional)

$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 $245.36 per fortnight, per child (for a maximum of 3 children)
Distance Education Allowance $4,211 per year
Assistance for Isolated Children Pensioner Education Supplement $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: 1 January 2019

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