Moving for work or study

You may decide to move house to increase your chance of finding a job or to start studying.

When you’re studying

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

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

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.

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.

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 payments you can get when studying or training.

When you find a job

If you need to move for work, you may be able to get Relocation Assistance from the Department of Education, Skills and Employment. This helps if you have financial barriers that could prevent you from accepting a job offer.

It’s available if you’re relocating for ongoing work or short-term agricultural work.

When you’re dependent

If you’re dependent and get a payment from us, 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 payment:

Page last updated: 27 January 2022