Get ABSTUDY paid directly to your hostel

You need to have an active ABSTUDY Standard Hostels Agreement to get boarding instalments on behalf of your ABSTUDY students each term.

To get paid boarding instalments directly each term, you must enter into an ABSTUDY Standard Hostel Agreement with us, on behalf of the Commonwealth of Australia. You must renew this Agreement every 3 years.

What an ABSTUDY Standard Hostels Agreement is

An ABSTUDY Standard Hostels Agreement is a contractual agreement between boarding hostels and us, on behalf of the Commonwealth of Australia. It outlines your obligations to get ABSTUDY payments for eligible students living in your boarding hostel.

If you’re a signatory to the Agreement, ABSTUDY payments can be paid directly to you in 2 instalments each school term. We call these ABSTUDY boarding instalments.

If you’re not signed to the Agreement, ABSTUDY payments can only be paid each fortnight in arrears.

An Agreement is valid for 3 years. To keep getting ABSTUDY boarding instalments for your boarding students, you must renew your Agreement each period.

Which hostels are eligible

State and territory governments have various requirements to operate as an accommodation facility for children. Before becoming a signatory to the Agreement, your hostel needs to have met all local and state and territory government requirements. This includes both:

  • local councillor approval for business use of the premises as a hostel or lodging house
  • meeting local building and facility requirements.

If you don’t offer accommodation to students over the weekend, your hostel may still be eligible. However, you must make sure your students and their families are aware ABSTUDY can’t help with travel home each weekend.

How to enter and renew an Agreement

To enter into an active ABSTUDY Standard Hostels Agreement, you can:

We can only start paying ABSTUDY boarding instalment payments once the Agreement has been signed by yourself and us. It will be valid for 3 years.

You need to request approval to renew your Agreement before the 3 years ends. You should do this to keep it active so you can keep getting correct payments.

Learn more about what else you can do to manage your ABSTUDY secondary student payments.

Page last updated: 24 July 2023.
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