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.

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 $89.40 per course
12 to 16 weeks $156.80 per course
17 to 23 weeks $311.70 per course
24 to 52 weeks $633.50 per course

Multiple payments

You can get more than 1 payment of the allowance if you’re either:

  • studying 2 or more approved courses at the same time
  • doing an apprenticeship or traineeship while studying 1 or more approved courses.

Getting paid

You can expect to hear from us within 21 days of submitting your claim.

If you’re a new student or Australian Apprentice you’ll get this when we approve your claim.

If you’re a continuing student or Australian Apprentice you’ll get this in late January.

Tax and Incidentals Allowance

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

Extra help

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

Next: How to claim

How you claim depends on your circumstances.

Page last updated: 26 May 2020