ABSTUDY can help people in custody to study

27 September 2021

ABSTUDY Lawful Custody Allowance helps Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians in custody with study costs.

Lawful Custody Allowance helps with study and training costs for people in lawful custody for more than 2 weeks. Students need to be Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Australians of any age.

Corrective services, or other education providers who provide courses to people in custody, can claim this on their students’ behalf. The allowance also helps people who are studying through a TAFE or university or continuing an apprenticeship while in custody.

We pay essential course costs, which is what students would usually pay themselves. This can cover things like photocopying costs, workbooks or art supplies.

Most courses are approved as long as they help someone with their future study or employment after release.

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Next steps

Download a factsheet as part of the ABSTUDY eKit.

Page last updated: 28 September 2021