Who can get it

To get ABSTUDY Incidentals Allowance you must be a student or Australian Apprentice and eligible for ABSTUDY.

You may be eligible to get the allowance if you’re either:

  • a secondary student
  • a tertiary student.

Your income and assets don’t affect your eligibility.

Depending on your situation, you may be able to get the allowance without getting another ABSTUDY payment. To get the allowance you must also meet the relevant conditions below.


If you’re a student, you must be starting or continuing an approved course, and be 1 of the following:

  • a secondary student 18 years of age or older at 1 January in the year of study
  • a full time or part time higher education student
  • enrolled in a course that’s going to prepare you to study a higher education course.

Australian Apprentices

If you’re an apprentice both of the following must apply:

  • doing an Australian Apprenticeship
  • not get the Living Away From Home Allowance under the Australian Apprenticeship scheme.

In addition to the Living Away From Home Allowance, the Australian Apprenticeship scheme website has details about other financial support.

Next: 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.

Page last updated: 27 May 2020