Who can get it
You need to meet eligibility requirements to get ABSTUDY.
To get ABSTUDY, you must be all of the following:
- Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Australian descent
- identify as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Australian
- accepted as such by the community in which you live or have lived
- an Australian citizen and normally live in Australia
- covered under 1 of the 7 ABSTUDY Awards
- be studying an approved course or doing an Australian Apprenticeship.
You can’t get ABSTUDY if you’re getting other financial help to study. For example, an income support payment.
Keep in mind, we’ve temporarily removed the assets test due to coronavirus (COVID-19) from 23 March 2020 until 24 September 2020. From 25 September 2020 you won’t be eligible for payment if your assets are over the allowable limit. Read more about upcoming changes during COVID-19.
Read more about school to work transitions, including the Indigenous Youth Mobility Program, on the Department of Education’s website.
Read more about apprenticeships on the Australian Apprenticeships website.
ABSTUDY Policy Manual
We work out our ABSTUDY payments using the ABSTUDY Policy Manual.
To learn more about the policy, read the ABSTUDY Policy Manual on the Department of Social Services website.
If you apply for ABSTUDY, we’ll assess you as being dependent or independent for payment.
You can get ABSTUDY Living Allowance or ABSTUDY Pensioner Education Supplement for a certain amount of study. We call this limits of assistance.
You can get ABSTUDY Living Allowance or ABSTUDY Pensioner Education Supplement for a certain period of time. We call this reasonable time.
We check income and assets to see if you can get some ABSTUDY payments and how much you might get.
You may get a higher rate of ABSTUDY if you need to live away from home to study or do your Australian Apprenticeship.
Information about Limited program schools for ABSTUDY, Assistance for Isolated Children and Youth Allowance for students and Australian Apprentices.
An option for students to help pay residential costs while living away from home to study.
If you study by distance education, you need to do an approved course with an approved education provider.
Page last updated: 10 September 2020
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