Moving for study

There is support available if you move to start studying or training.

Payments you can get

If you’re studying, training or doing an Australian Apprenticeship, you may get one of the following fortnightly payments:

If you need to move to start or continue studying, you may be eligible for other payments.

Tertiary Access Payment helps with the cost of moving from a regional or remote area for tertiary study. You can apply for it even if you don’t get a payment from us.

Fares Allowance helps with travel costs between your permanent home and place of tertiary study. To be eligible, you must get certain payments from us.

ABSTUDY Fares Allowance helps with travel costs between your permanent home and place of study. You can get it if you get ABSTUDY and need to live away from home to study.

Relocation Scholarship helps if you move to or from a regional or remote area for higher education. It’s a once a year payment. You must be getting Youth Allowance or ABSTUDY.

Rent Assistance is an automatic payment if you pay rent and get certain payments from us. We’ll check you can get this payment when you claim a payment from us.

Learn more about other payments you can get when studying or training.

Help managing your payments

If you get a payment from us, it’s important you update your address if it changes.

If you’re dependent you must tell us if your family home address changes. You need to do this even if you’re living away from your family home. To find out if you’re dependent, read about your student payment:

Page last updated: 18 October 2022