How much you can get

The amount of ABSTUDY Incidentals Allowance you can get depends on how long your course, apprenticeship or traineeship is each year.

Payment per length of course

The maximum amount of the allowance you can get depends on the length of the course.

Length of the course Maximum payment
Under 12 weeks $98.10 per course
12 to 16 weeks $172.20 per course
17 to 23 weeks $342.30 per course
24 to 52 weeks $695.70 per course

Multiple payments

We pay once each course, so for example if you’re doing:

  • 2 courses, you’ll get 2 payments
  • an apprenticeship and an approved course at the same time, you’ll get 2 payments.


You don’t need to pay tax on Incidentals allowance.

Extra help

If you’re a tertiary, masters or doctorate student you may also get Additional Incidentals Allowance.

Page last updated: 1 January 2023.
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