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Upcoming changes to payments that affect students.

Timeline of upcoming changes


    December 2020

    If you work while you’re studying, there were changes to the way you report your income. From 7 December 2020, you now need to report the gross employment income you’ve been paid in your reporting period, rather than what you earned.



    Check if national public holidays impact your reporting and payment dates.

    From 1 January 2021, the temporary Coronavirus Supplement is available at a rate of $150 per fortnight.

    Don’t let COVID interrupt your plans, get your claim in early for next year. We provide payments for full time students, trainees and Australian Apprentices. You can claim a payment up to 13 weeks before you start your course or Australian Apprenticeship.

    From 1 January 2021, there are new ways to get Youth Allowance or ABSTUDY as an independent. From this date, we’ll count the period between 25 March 2020 and 24 September 2020 as time you spent working. You’ll automatically meet the independent through work criteria for this 6 month period, even if you weren’t working. This is because we know COVID-19 made work harder in 2020.



    In response to COVID-19, you may have had a break from repaying money you owe. This break ends in February 2021. This means you'll need to start repaying money you owe from February.



    From 1 March 2021, you may get Youth Allowance or ABSTUDY as an independent if you earn $15,000 through agricultural work. You’ll need to earn this money doing approved agricultural work between 30 November 2020 and 31 December 2021.

    Our temporary waiver for waiting periods ends on 31 March 2021:

    After this date, these waiting periods might apply to you.

    The temporary Coronavirus Supplement ends on 31 March 2021.

Page last updated: 8 January 2021