How much you can get

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

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

Basic rates

From late April 2020, your maximum payment rate each fortnight includes your Austudy payment and the Coronavirus Supplement. Your payment will change back to just Austudy when the supplement stops.

You may also get a separate Economic Support Payment. You don’t need to apply for this. We’ll pay this straight into your bank account if you can get it. You don’t need to do anything.

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

Your situation Your maximum payment each fortnight
Single, no children $1,012.50 includes:
  • $462.50 Austudy
  • $550 Coronavirus Supplement.
Single, with children $1,156 includes:
  • $606 Austudy
  • $550 Coronavirus Supplement.
In a couple, no children $1,012.50 includes:
  • $462.50 Austudy
  • $550 Coronavirus Supplement.
In a couple, with children $1,057.90 includes:
  • $507.90 Austudy
  • $550 Coronavirus Supplement.

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 payment each fortnight
Single, no children $1,111.90 includes:
  • $561.90 Austudy
  • $550 Coronavirus Supplement.
In a couple, no children $1,057.90 includes:
  • $507.90 Austudy
  • $550 Coronavirus Supplement.

Page last updated: 18 May 2020