Who can get it
You can get ABSTUDY Living Allowance if you’re an eligible student or Australian Apprentice.
You can’t get Living Allowance if you’re getting other income support payments from us.
You may get other ABSTUDY payments while you get Living Allowance.
To get Living Allowance you need to be one of the following:
- a secondary student
- a tertiary student
- a master's or doctorate student.
You also need to be studying an approved course and be either:
- a full time student
- a student with an approved concessional study load.
To get Living Allowance, you must be a full time apprentice, trainee or trainee apprentice in the Australian Apprenticeship scheme.
If you apply for ABSTUDY, we’ll assess you as being dependent or independent for payment.
If you study by distance education, you need to do an approved course with an approved education provider.
The amount of ABSTUDY Living Allowance you can get depends on certain circumstances.
Page last updated: 25 June 2021
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