Student Income Support
Eligibility Information Tool

Question

Are you eligible for a student payment?

If you are a full-time student or Australian Apprentice you may be eligible for student income support payments administered by the Department of Human Services (Human Services - previously known as Centrelink).
 
Student payments include Youth Allowance, Austudy, and ABSTUDY.
 
Click begin to answer up to six short questions to get an insight into your possible eligibility for student payments. Click on the following link to view a text only version of the Student Income Support Eligibility Information Tool.

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Answering the following questions may help you to learn more about student payments that are administered by the Department of Human Services (Human Services - previously known as Centrelink). The information in this Guide is to be used as a guide only and does not guarantee eligibility for financial assistance from Human Services.

How do you intend to study?

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Full-time tertiary study is defined as at least three quarters of the standard full-time load. The full-time load differs depending on whether the course is a Commonwealth supported course (a course for which HECS-HELP is available) or a fee-paying course. If you are unsure whether you are undertaking a full or part-time study load, check with the relevant institution where the course is being undertaken or go to the Human Services website (opens in a new window) for more information.

Are you an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander?

When Studying, what age group will you be in?

When studying, what age group will you be in?

When studying, what age group will you be in?

When studying, what age group will you be in?

If you are studying, or you intend to study, would you claim as:

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If you are assessed as being dependent on your parents/guardians, their income and assets will be assessed to determine if they can financially support you while you are studying. You are considered independent if you meet one or more of the following criteria;

  • you are aged 22 or more and a full-time student or Australian Apprentice
  • you are or have been legally married, in a registered relationship, or living in a de facto relationship with another person as a member of a couple
  • you have, or have had, a dependent child
  • you have supported yourself through employment (to read more go to the Human Services website (opens in a new window))
  • you have parents who cannot exercise their responsibilities
  • you are unable to live at home, due to extreme family breakdown, violence in the home, or serious threats to your health or well-being
  • you are a refugee without parents who are living in Australia
  • you are an orphan and have not been legally adopted
  • you are in state care, or only stopped being in state care because of your age.

If you are studying, or you intend to study, would you claim as:

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If you are assessed as being dependent on your parents/guardians, their income and assets will be assessed to determine if they can financially support you while you are studying. You are considered independent if you meet one or more of the following criteria;

  • you are aged 22 or more and a full-time student or Australian Apprentice
  • you are or have been legally married, in a registered relationship, or living in a de facto relationship with another person as a member of a couple
  • you have, or have had, a dependent child
  • you have supported yourself through employment (to read more go to the Human Services website (opens in a new window))
  • you have parents who cannot exercise their responsibilities
  • you are unable to live at home, due to extreme family breakdown, violence in the home, or serious threats to your health or well-being
  • you are a refugee without parents who are living in Australia
  • you are an orphan and have not been legally adopted
  • you are in state care, or only stopped being in state care because of your age.

If you are studying, or you intend to study, would you claim as:

tip

If you are assessed as being dependent on your parents/guardians, their income and assets will be assessed to determine if they can financially support you while you are studying. You are considered independent if you meet one or more of the following criteria;

  • you are aged 22 or more and a full-time student or Australian Apprentice
  • you are or have been legally married, in a registered relationship, or living in a de facto relationship with another person as a member of a couple
  • you have, or have had, a dependent child
  • you have supported yourself through employment ( to read more go to the Human Services website (opens in a new window))
  • you have parents who cannot exercise their responsibilities
  • you are unable to live at home, due to extreme family breakdown, violence in the home, or serious threats to your health or well-being
  • you are a refugee without parents who are living in Australia
  • you are an orphan and have not been legally adopted
  • you are in state care, or only stopped being in state care because of your age.

If you are studying, or you intend to study, would you claim as:

tip

If you are assessed as being dependent on your parents/guardians, their income and assets will be assessed to determine if they can financially support you while you are studying. You are considered independent if you meet one or more of the following criteria;

  • you are aged 22 or more and a full-time student or Australian Apprentice
  • you are or have been legally married, in a registered relationship, or living in a de facto relationship with another person as a member of a couple
  • you have, or have had, a dependent child
  • you have supported yourself through employment ( to read more go to the Human Services website (opens in a new window))
  • you have parents who cannot exercise their responsibilities
  • you are unable to live at home, due to extreme family breakdown, violence in the home, or serious threats to your health or well-being
  • you are a refugee without parents who are living in Australia
  • you are an orphan and have not been legally adopted
  • you are in state care, or only stopped being in state care because of your age.

When you start studying, will you be:

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Human Services may be able to provide assistance to some eligible students with the costs of living away from home to study.

When you start studying, will you be:

Tip

Human Services may be able to provide assistance to some eligible students with the costs of living away from home to study.