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 (Students and Australian Apprentices) - a means tested payment for full-time students and Australian Apprentices generally aged 16 to 24 years old.

Austudy (Students and Australian Apprentices) - a payment made to full-time students and Australian Apprentices who are aged 25 years and older.

ABSTUDY (Students and Australian Apprentices) - a living allowance payment plus a range of supplementary benefits for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

Higher education students receiving student payments may also be eligible to receive the Student Start-up Loan and the Relocation Scholarship.

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Are you eligible for student payments?

You can use the 'Payment Finder' administered by the Department of Human Services to locate which type of payment(s) you may be eligible for whilst studying (some full-time or part-time students, and Australian Apprentices, may also be eligible for student payments).

A guide to Australian Government payments, and applicable payment rates, is available here (this publication is updated quarterly).

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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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