Income and assets may affect your payment if you get Living Allowance or School Fees Allowance higher rate.
Income and assets don't affect any other ABSTUDY payments or allowances.
Which income and assets tests we’ll use to work out your payment rate depends on your situation.
When you’re dependent
If you’re dependent, we’ll work out how much ABSTUDY you can get using either the:
We won’t use the personal income test if you’re a dependent student under 16.
When you’re independent
If you’re independent, we’ll use 2 tests to work out how much ABSTUDY you can get. These are the:
If you have a partner, we’ll also use the partner income test.
We won’t use the personal income test if you’re an independent student under 16.
What the personal income test is
We use the ABSTUDY personal income test if you’re 16 or older, or an independent Australian Apprentice.
What the personal and partner assets tests are
We use the assets test to help us work out if you can get ABSTUDY and how much you’ll get.
How we test partner income
If you’re independent and you have a partner, we’ll assess their gross income. This is the income they get before any deduction, like tax.