Payment rates on ABSTUDY

If you get ABSTUDY the Energy Supplement amount you get depends on your and your partner’s circumstances and the payment or services you get.

If you get an ABSTUDY Masters and Doctorate Living Allowance, you’ ll get $75 of Energy Supplement each quarter. This will be in March, June, September and December.

ABSTUDY 22 and over

You’ ll get the following amount of Energy Supplement each fortnight, if:

Your situation Amount of Energy Supplement per fortnight
Live at home or live away from home $8.80
Single, with no children $8.80
Single, with no children, 60 years and over $9.50
Single, with no children, over Age Pension age $14.10
Single, with children $9.50
Member of a couple, with or without children $7.90
Member of a couple , over Age Pension age $10.60

ABSTUDY under 22

You’ ll get the following amount of Energy Supplement if :

Your situation Amount of Energy Supplement per fortnight
Tertiary student under 16 $0.50
17 and under, in state care, and Foster Care Allowance paid $3.90
18 to 21, in state care, and Foster Care Allowance paid $4.60
21 and under, in state care, and no Foster Care Allowance paid $7.00
16 to 17 and l iving at home $3.90
18 to 21 and living at home $4.60
15 and under and living away from home $3.90
16 to 21 and living away from home $7.00
Single, independent, 21 and under with no children, living away from home $7.00
Single, independent 17 and under with no children, living at home $3.90
Single, independent 18 to 21 with no children, living at home $4.60
Single, independent 21 and under with children $9.20
Member of a couple , 21 and under, with no children $7.00
Member of a couple , 21 and under, with children $7.70

ABSTUDY under 22 with Youth Disability Supplement

You’ ll get the following amount of Energy Supplement if:

Your situation Amount of Energy Supplement per fortnight
Tertiary student 16 and under $2.50
17 and under, in state care, and Foster Care Allowance paid $5.90
18 to 21, in state care, and Foster Care Allowance paid $6.60
21 and under, in state care, and no Foster Care Allowance paid $8.50
16 to 17 and living at home $5.90
18 to 21 and living at home $6.60
15 and under living away from home $5.90
16 to 21 living away from home $8.50
Single, independent 21 and under with no children $8.50
Single, independent 17 and under with no children, living at home $5.90
Single, independent 18 to 21 with no children, living at home $6.60
Single, independent 21 and under, with children $9.20
Member of a couple , 21 and under, with or without children $7.70

Payment options

If you get ABSTUDY Living Allowance, you’ll usually get Energy Supplement fortnightly. We pay it with your regular payment. You may also be able to get Energy Supplement quarterly.

You can change how often you get your payment at any time by calling us on your regular payment line.

Page last updated: 1 April 2019