Higher rates when living away from home

You may get a higher rate of ABSTUDY if you need to live away from home to study or do your Australian Apprenticeship.

Find out what you need to do to keep getting the higher rate, even if you’re home due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

We’ll assess you for the higher rate of ABSTUDY Living Allowance when you claim or tell us of a change to your circumstances.

Primary school students

You may get a higher rate of ABSTUDY if you're living away from home to repeat the final year of primary school so you can start secondary studies.

Secondary school students

You may get a higher rate if you’re in secondary school and live away from home to study if:

You might also get a higher rate if you’re in secondary school and live away from home to study if:

Read more about how we pay boarding payments during COVID-19.

Tertiary students and secondary students not at a secondary school

You may get a higher rate if you’re a tertiary student, or a secondary student not studying at a secondary school, and live away from home to study if either:

If you’re a tertiary student you may get a higher rate if it’s compulsory to live at your place of study.

Australian Apprentices

You may get a higher rate if you live away from home to do your Australian Apprenticeship if either:

Independent students and apprentices

You’ll get a higher rate if you’re a full time independent student or Australian Apprentice living away from your parents’ or guardians’ home.

You can only get a higher rate of ABSTUDY if you’re independent, 21 or younger and living in your parents’ home if:

  • you’re married or have been married, or are in a registered relationship
  • you have, or have had, a dependent child
  • you’re 16 or older and have been living with your partner for at least 6 months
  • you have care or custody of another person’s dependent child, student or Australian Apprentice, or
  • you’re 16 or older and live in an Aboriginal community after being adopted or fostered by a non-Aboriginal family for more than 2 years.

Page last updated: 19 January 2021