How much you can get

The amount of Austudy you get depends on how much you earn.

We use an income test and an assets test to work out how much you can get.

Coronavirus Supplement

If you got the Coronavirus Supplement, you need to declare it as income in your tax return for the 2020–21 financial year.

The Coronavirus Supplement won’t be shown separately on your Centrelink payment summary.

Your total Centrelink payment rate was increased if you were paid the Coronavirus Supplement.

Basic rates

This table shows the basic Austudy payment rates. These are the rates that apply to most people.

This table is a guide only.

Your situation Your maximum fortnightly payment

Single, no children

$512.50

Single, with children

$656.00

A couple, no children

$512.50

A couple, with children

$557.90

Other rates

We use a different rate if you’ve been getting an income support payment long term before moving onto Austudy.

To get the different rate all of the following must apply. You:

  • must have been getting an income support payment that isn’t a student payment
  • have been getting this payment for at least 26 of the last 39 weeks before starting your course of study
  • don’t have a dependent child.

If you have a dependent child, please check the basic rates that apply to your situation.

Your situation Your maximum fortnightly payment

Single, no children

$611.90

A couple, no children

$557.90

Next: How to claim

Complete the following steps to claim Austudy. Before you start, check if you can get it.

Page last updated: 30 August 2021