Student Income Support
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Student Income Support Benefits
There are a range of means-tested payments available to support eligible students who are undertaking, or who are planning to undertake, approved study or an Australian Apprenticeship, including:
Youth Allowance (opens in a new window) (Students and Australian Apprentices) - a means-tested payment for full-time students and Australian Apprentices generally aged 16 to 24 years old.
Austudy (opens in a new window) (Students and Australian Apprentices) - a payment made to full-time students and Australian Apprentices who are aged 25 years and older.
ABSTUDY (opens in a new window) (Students and Australian Apprentices) - a living allowance payment plus a range of supplementary benefits for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students aged 16 years or older.
Higher education students receiving student payments may also be eligible to receive the Student Start-up Scholarship (opens in a new window) and the Relocation Scholarship (opens in a new window).
As part of the 2013-14 Budget the previous Government announced that the Student Start-up Scholarship would be converted into an income-contingent loan for new recipients of student payments in higher education from 1 January 2014. Legislation to implement this change is currently before Parliament but was not passed during the Spring sitting. Because of this, the Student Start up Scholarship will be available to new students commencing higher education study in the first semester of 2014.Return to top
Do you want to learn more about eligibility for student payments?
Some full-time or part-time students and Australian Apprentices may be eligible for student payments administered by the Department of Human Services.
Click on the link below to use the new Eligibility Information Tool to get an insight into your possible eligibility for student payments.Return to top
Student Income Support Guide for Career Advisors
Are you a career advisor looking for more information on student payments administered by the Department of Human Service. A new Guide has been developed to help you inform students who are, or who may be considering, undertaking tertiary study or an Australian Apprenticeship.Student Income Support Guide for Career Advisors
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Child Care Assistance
The Australian Government provides families with financial assistance to help cover the cost of approved child care through the Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate. Eligible families on income support can also get additional assistance through Jobs, Education & Training Child Care Fee Assistance. For more information, select here.Return to top