ABSTUDY Lawful Custody Allowance for education providers and corrective services

Support for ABSTUDY students and Australian Apprentices in custody who are studying or training.

Education providers or corrective services who run courses for eligible students and Australian Apprentices can claim this allowance.

ABSTUDY Lawful Custody Allowance helps providers pay for essential course costs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians while in custody. Providers can include corrective services as well as approved education and training providers.

If you provide courses to students in lawful custody, you may be eligible to claim this allowance on their behalf. We pay the allowance as a reimbursement. We usually pay the organisation providing the study or training.

Being in custody can mean in a correctional facility, remand centre or youth training centre.

Students can study a range of courses and training, including Australian Apprenticeships.

Students must be Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Australians who are both:

They can be any age.

Page last updated: 17 August 2021