Financial help for students and Australian Apprentices, 25 years or older.
- 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
The 2017–18 Budget includes a measure Better Alignment of Student Payments which may change this information from 1 January 2018.
You can read more about the proposed changes on the Department of Social Services website.
Eligibility & payment rates
Who can get it
You can get ABSTUDY if you are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and meet certain criteria.
The amount of Austudy you get depends on how much you earn and how much your assets are worth.
We use income and assets tests to see if you’re eligible for a payment and work out how much you’ll get.
We use the assets test to help us work out if you can get Austudy and how much you'll get.
On the day you claim Austudy you must be ab Australian resident and in Australia.
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.
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.
Allowable time is how long you can get Austudy while you’re studying.
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.
Low Income Health Care Card
If you're getting Austudy you may also get a Low Income health Care Card.
Check if you’re eligible before you start your claim.
Then you’ll need to:
- find out what you need to start your claim
- register for an online account if you don’t already have one
- fill in your claim
- upload the documents we ask for and submit your claim
- wait for us to assess your claim and tell you the result
Managing your payment
Change of circumstances
You must tell us about any changes that could affect the amount of Austudy you’re getting.
You may get part of your income support early. This is an advance. You pay it back out of your normal payments from us.
While travelling outside Australia
There are rules about when your Austudy can be paid when you travel 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.
Weekly payment option
Some people can get income support payments each week instead of each fortnight.
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.
When you reach age pension age
If you’re getting Austudy and reach age pension age, you can transfer to Age Pension.
My bank account is overdrawn
You can get help to manage your money if your bank 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.
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.
Stay up to date
Express Plus Centrelink mobile app
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 get from us.
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 how Centrepay works.