You might get Education Entry Payment when you study or train
21 February 2020
If you’re about to do a training course or some study, check if you can get this extra payment.
If you’re looking for work you might need to do some study or training to help you get a job. We can help you get started with Education Entry Payment. It’s a payment of $208 you may get once a year if you study or train.
Who can get it
You may get it if you’ve been getting an eligible income support payment for the past 12 months or more and you start some study or training.
You can be doing the study, course or training part time or full time.
What you can get it for
You may get Education Entry Payment for any eligible course or program, including:
- approved short courses
- tertiary study and TAFE courses
- the Skills for Education and Employment Program
- the Adult Migrant English Program
- the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme pre-training course.
You can also get the Education Entry Payment if you’re about to move to a student payment. To get it, you need to have been on income support payment for at least 12 months directly before studying.
For example, Sarah is 26, has been getting Newstart Allowance for 15 months and is about to study full time. She’ll move to Austudy for her full time study, and will also get Education Entry Payment.
When you can get it
If you have a Job Plan, it must include your approved education or training before you can claim.
For example, Phil has been getting Newstart Allowance for 13 months and is about to do an approved short course. He needs to have the course approved and included in his Job Plan as part of his mutual obligations. Phil will then get the Education Entry Payment. If he does another course the following year he can apply for the payment again.
You may need to tell us that you’re studying or training to get it. You can call us on your regular payment line or visit a service centre.
You don’t need to show us proof of enrolment.
If you’ve already started your course or program, you can still claim. Once you’ve finished studying or training, you can’t claim. So make sure you ask about Education Entry Payment before you finish your course or program.
Find out more about Education Entry Payment.
If you’ve been on an income support payment for the past 12 months, you might be able to.
If you’re studying and working, or thinking about working, you should know about Income Bank.
Page last updated: 6 March 2020