Masters or doctorate study

There’s ABSTUDY support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students doing a masters or doctorate.

What help you can get

ABSTUDY is a group of payments and support. Watch this video to learn how ABSTUDY can help when you’re in higher education.

Main payments

The main payment is ABSTUDY Living Allowance. We pay it each fortnight to help with living costs while you’re studying.

To help with the costs of starting or continuing study, we also pay ABSTUDY Incidentals Allowance. You get this once a year to help buy study materials.

If you get Living Allowance, you may also be eligible for both:

Extra payments

If you have high essential course costs, we pay Additional Incidentals Allowance. This helps with costs like union fees, library fees, laboratory fees and textbook costs.

You may also be eligible for all the following:

How to get started

Before you claim, read about your eligibility for each ABSTUDY payment.

You can claim ABSTUDY Living Allowance online up to 13 weeks before you start your course. If you claim Living Allowance, you don’t need to claim Incidentals Allowance separately. We’ll pay it automatically.

If you’re not eligible for Living Allowance, you can claim ABSTUDY Incidentals Allowance on its own. You can claim up to 13 weeks before the start of each course.

Find out more about what you need to do to:

If you need help or can’t claim online because of a medical condition or special circumstances, call the ABSTUDY line.

Page last updated: 19 March 2024.
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