ABSTUDY Incidentals Allowance

A payment to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians with the cost of starting or continuing study or training.

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.

Incidentals Allowance is a one off payment. We pay it:

  • when you start a course, apprenticeship or traineeship
  • up to 4 weeks before you return to study in the new year, if you’re continuing a course
  • at the start of each year you do your apprenticeship or traineeship.
Page last updated: 18 October 2022.
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