A group of payments for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander students or apprentices.

There are changes to claims and your obligations due to coronavirus (COVID-19). This includes changes to waiting periods, the income test, what you need to give us, and your obligations. We’ve suspended participation requirements for Disability Support Pension. We’ve also paused a range of Centrelink debt raising and recovery activities.

To get this you must be:

  • an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Australian
  • in an approved course, Australian Apprenticeship or traineeship
  • not getting another payment to study or train.

Read the full conditions under who can get it.

If you get a student payment from us, read more about students and trainees and coronavirus. You may also be able to get a one off $750 payment.

What it covers

ABSTUDY can help with your study costs and housing if you need to travel to study. It can help with your costs for the following:

  • study
  • housing
  • living expenses
  • travel to your place of study each term or semester if you need to study away from home.

Page last updated: 2 April 2020