ABSTUDY Fares Allowance

Helps with travel costs if you get ABSTUDY and need to live away from home.

An increase to the rate of ABSTUDY was announced in the Budget, starting from 20 September 2023. It’s subject to legislation. We’ll let you know more soon.

You can use ABSTUDY Fares Allowance for travel between your usual home and where you live while studying.

You must be one of the following:

  • a secondary or primary student
  • a tertiary student
  • a masters or doctorate student who doesn’t get Relocation Allowance
  • a certain type of non-student traveller.

Watch our interactive video to find out how ABSTUDY can help you with travel.

Boarding schools and hostels with ABSTUDY students can also use Fares Allowance. Read about ABSTUDY Fares Allowance for boarding schools and hostels.

You can’t get this allowance if you’re an Australian Apprentice.

If you get Youth Allowance, Austudy or Pensioner Education Supplement, you may get a different type of Fares Allowance.

Page last updated: 17 October 2022.
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