Change of circumstances

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

What to tell us


Tell us if you:

  • change your course
  • study at a different institution
  • reduce your study or training workload
  • stop studying
  • stop being a full time Australian Apprentice
  • don’t start your course within 3 weeks of the course start date


Tell us if you:

  • start work, change your work hours or stop work
  • change jobs
  • change your income or assets
  • get income from outside Australia
  • get compensation, leave or redundancy payments
  • start or stop getting other financial help to complete your course or apprenticeship

If you’re reporting income to us for the first time, contact us and we’ll set up self service options to help you.


Tell us if:

  • you change your address or contact details
  • you start living with your partner or get married
  • you separate from your partner
  • you’re sick or injured and can’t continue your study
  • your dependent child or immediate family member dies
  • you have a child or take care of a child who’s 16 years of age or younger
  • you move into or out of long term care, like a nursing home or hostel
  • you’re in lawful custody
  • you start or stop getting a pension, benefit or allowance
  • your dependent child who’s 16 years of age or younger leaves home, or gets a pension, benefit or allowance
  • your dependent child is in custody on remand, in a psychiatric institution or in prison
  • you get Rent Assistance and you:
    • stop paying rent, or the amount of rent you pay changes
    • start paying rent to a state, territory or Commonwealth Housing Authority
    • move in with your parent or guardian


Tell us if your partner:

  • starts or stops working
  • has income or assets change
  • gets ABSTUDY, a pension, benefit or allowance
  • dies

How and when to tell us

You need to let us know within 14 days.

Use the Express Plus Centrelink mobile app or your Centrelink online account though myGov to tell us about changes.

If you don’t tell us

If you don’t tell us about changes, we might pay you too much. If that happens you’ll need to pay the money back.

If you deliberately give us false or misleading information you’re committing fraud and we can charge you.

Read about how to avoid committing fraud.

Page last updated: 12 May 2018