We have 6 profiles of common types of students. See if they match your situation.
Andy is 17 and finished school last year. He had a short break after his year 12 exams. Then he applied for an Australian Apprenticeship. He is now training in building and construction.
Andy lives at home with his mum and 2 younger siblings. Andy’s dad pays maintenance for Andy and his 2 siblings.
If your situation is like Andy and you want to know more, ask us questions on our Student Update Facebook page.
Amy is 18 and from a small country town in Queensland. She’s finished school and is moving from her town to the city to study food and nutrition. She’s going to live with her aunt near her uni campus.
Even though she doesn’t live with her parents, we consider Amy to be dependent. We’ll take into account Amy’s parents’ income when assessing her eligibility for Youth Allowance. As a dependant, Amy is eligible for the away from home rate. She’ll also get the Relocation Scholarship because she needs to move from a rural area to the city for study.
If your situation is like Amy's and you want to know more, ask us on our Student Update Facebook page.
Sally is 19 and excited about her first year at uni studying International Business. When Sally finished Year 12, she took time off for a working holiday. Up until then she was living on her parents’ farm in remote Queensland. She enjoyed seeing so many places around the world! She also worked hard and earned good money. Because of her employment, we assessed her as independent for Youth Allowance. When she started her study, Sally moved onto campus at uni in Brisbane.
Although she’s now moving back in with her family to study by distance, she’ll still maintain her independent status. Sally will get the at home rate of Youth Allowance when she is living with her parents.
If your situation is like Sally’s and you want to know more, ask us on our Student Update Facebook page.
At 29, Liz has worked as a live in nanny for the last 8 years. She’s loved her job and enjoyed watching the children grow but she’s ready for a career change. She’s moved into an apartment with her partner who works part-time.
Liz is starting TAFE and studying for the first time. Given her interest with kids she’s going to study early childhood. Because she’s over 25 Liz is eligible for Austudy. Her partner’s income affects how much payment she gets.
If your situation is like Liz's and you want to know more, ask us on our Student Update Facebook page.
19 year old Jack finished school last year and is living at home dependent on his parents. He’s now enrolled to study Urban and Regional Town Planning at his local University.
As Jack identifies as a Torres Strait Islander, he will get ABSTUDY under the Tertiary Award. We will take into account Jack’s parents’ income when assessing the amount of ABSTUDY Living Allowance he’ll get. Jack will also be eligible for Incidentals Allowance.
If your situation is like Jack's and you want to know more, ask us on our Student Update Facebook page.
After 18 year old David finished school, he registered with TAFE to study Graphic Design.
David applied for Youth Allowance, then moved out of his mum and dad’s place into shared accommodation with 2 friends. David has started a casual job, working as a waiter. Even though he’s not living at home, he’s still dependent This mean we’ll use his parents’ income to assess his eligibility for Youth Allowance. We apply the parental income test.
If your situation is like David's and you want to know more, ask us on our Student Update Facebook page.
If your situation doesn’t match any of our 2018 students, you may still be eligible for assistance. See what you can get based on your situation using Payment and Service Finder. There is more information on payments for students and trainees. You can also connect with us on our Student Update Facebook to ask questions about our payments and services.