Student Income Support

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).

From 1 January 2015, the Relocation Scholarship will no longer be available for students relocating within and between major cities (metropolitan areas). The Relocation Scholarship will be restricted to students relocating from regional areas to study and metropolitan students relocating to study at a regional campus.

As part of the 2014-15 Budget, the Government announced, subject to the passage of legislation, that the Student Start-up Scholarship would no longer be available to higher education students receiving Youth Allowance (student), Austudy or ABSTUDY (Living Allowance) from 1 January 2015. Students instead would be able to apply for an income contingent loan, to be called a Student Start-up Loan. However, the legislation to give effect to these measures was not passed by Parliament in time for 1 January 2015. Higher education students studying an approved scholarship course and in receipt of student payments will still be eligible to receive the Student Start-up Scholarship payment of $1,025 in Semester 1, 2015.

For more information on the proposed changes to student income support payments, please see the FAQ page.

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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.

Student Income Support Eligibility Information Tool

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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 Services. 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 AdvisorsPDF Student Income Support Guide for Career AdvisorsPDF 889kb

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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.

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