Financial help for students and Australian Apprentices, 25 years or older.

Eligibility basics

  • at least 25 years old
  • a full time student in an approved course or a full time Australian Apprentice or trainee
  • under the income and assets test limits
Instead of having to call or visit us, you can use our online services to tell us if you start or stop working. Don’t forget to tell us online if you start or stop working.

Eligibility & payment rates

Who can get it

You may be eligible for Austudy if you’re a student or an Australian Apprentice.

You’ll need to meet:

  • residence rules
  • an income test, and
  • an assets test

Students

You must be:

  • 25 or older
  • studying full time in an approved course at an approved institution

Apprentices

You must be:

  • 25 or older
  • doing an Australian Apprenticeship

If you’re getting Youth Allowance as a student or Australian Apprentice when you turn 25, you won’t transfer to Austudy. You’ll keep getting Youth Allowance until you finish your course or apprenticeship.

Payment rates

The amount of Austudy you get depends on how much you earn and how much your assets are worth.

We use an income test and an asset test to work out how much you can get.

Basic rates

This table shows the basic Austudy payment rates. These are the rates we use for most people.

If you're The highest payment per fortnight is
single, no children $437.50
single, with children $573.30
in a couple, no children $437.50
in a couple, with children $480.50

Other rates

We use a different rate if you’ve previously been long term unemployed before moving onto Austudy.

Long term unemployed means you haven’t had a job for at least 26 out of the last 39 weeks.

We use these rates if:

  • you don’t have a dependent child
  • you’ve been getting an income support payment other than a student payment, and
  • you’re starting a full time course that will take 12 months or more to finish
If you're The highest payment per fortnight is
single, no children $531.60
in a couple, no children $480.50

Income test

We use income and assets tests to see if you’re eligible for a payment and work out how much you’ll get.

Read more about the personal income test for Austudy or Youth Allowance

Assets test

We use the assets test to help us work out your Austudy eligibility and payment rate.

Read about the assets test.

If you have a liquid assets waiting period, it may affect your payment.

Residence rules

On the day you claim Austudy, you must:

To keep getting Austudy

You must continue to be an Australian resident for as long as you get this payment.

What may be different

Newly arrived residents generally have a 104 week waiting period, with some exemptions.

Approved courses and institutions

You must study an approved course at an approved institution to get Austudy, Youth Allowance as a student, or Pensioner Education Supplement.

Read more about approved courses and institutions

Study loads

Most people need to study full time to get Austudy or Youth Allowance as a student. To work out if you’re full time you need to know your study load.

Read more about study loads

Allowable time

Allowable time is how long you can get Austudy while you’re studying.

Read more about allowable time

Low Income Health Care Card

If you’re getting Austudy you may also get a Low Income Health Care Card.

Read about the Low Income Health Care Card.

Distance and online education for tertiary and secondary students

If you study by distance education, you need to do an approved course with an approved institution.

Read more about distance and online education

Claiming

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

Then you’ll need to:

  1. find out what you need to start your claim
  2. register for an online account if you don’t already have one
  3. fill in your claim
  4. upload the documents we ask for and submit your claim
  5. wait for us to assess your claim and tell you the result

Next

Managing your payment

Change of circumstances

You must tell us about any changes that could affect the amount of Austudy you’re getting.

Read more about updating your change of circumstances

Advance payment

You may get part of your income support early. This is an advance. You pay it back out of your normal payments from us.

Read more about advance payment

While travelling outside Australia

There are rules about when your Austudy can be paid when you travel outside Australia.

Read more about Austudy while travelling outside Australia

Someone to deal with us on your behalf

If you want someone else to deal with us, you can authorise them to enquire, act or get payments for you.

Read more about someone to deal with us on your behalf

Weekly payment option

Some people can get income support payments each week instead of each fortnight.

Read more about weekly payments

Income reporting

How much you or your partner earn affects your payment. We need to know what you and your partner earn so we pay you the right amount.

Read more about income reporting

When you reach age pension age

If you’re getting Austudy and reach age pension age, you can transfer to Age Pension.

Read more about Austudy when you reach age pension age

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

Online review of study details

We may send a letter to your myGov inbox asking you to complete an online review of your study details.

Read more about online review of study details

Resources

Try self service

Do your Centrelink, Medicare and Child Support business using self service options, including our Express Plus mobile apps, online accounts and phone self service.

Read more about using self service.

Vocational Education and Training - VET Student Loans

Eligible Students can get a VET Student Loan to access higher level VET qualifications.

This could help you, if you couldn’t otherwise afford to pay for your course upfront.

Read more about VET Student Loans on the Department of Education and Training website.

If your course has stopped because of provider closures, you may be eligible for support from the tuition assurance scheme.

Read more about Provider Closures on the Department of Education and Training website.

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Express Plus Centrelink mobile app

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Payment and Service Finder

Find, estimate and compare payments and services you may be eligible for. You can also work out what a change in circumstance might mean for the payments and services you currently receive from us.

Start using Payment and Service Finder

Manage your money

 

We’ve got advice and tools to help you with budgeting, borrowing and credit, and managing debt.

Read about how to manage your money.

Regular deductions using Centrepay

You can use our free and voluntary service to pay bills as regular deductions from your Centrelink payments.

Read more about regular deductions using Centrepay

Page last updated: 13 September 2017