Who can travel

Boarding schools and hostels can request ABSTUDY Fares Allowance to help with travel costs for approved travellers.

Approved travellers

Approved travellers may be any of the following:

Learn more about the type of travel requests you can make for these approved travellers.


We recommend all students under 18 travel with a supervisor. A supervisor is a responsible adult aged over 18 who can be:

  • a parent or guardian
  • a person from the student’s community
  • a staff member from the school or hostel.

Students must travel with a supervisor if any of the following applies:

  • they’re younger than 12
  • they’re younger than 18 and are travelling over the weekend
  • the travel provider says they need to
  • their Safe Travel Plan doesn’t include a plan B to deal with disrupted travel
  • they’ve missed 2 or more pre-booked trips during the year without a valid reason
  • they haven’t met their travel responsibilities on previous trips.

We also encourage ABSTUDY students who are 12 to 17 to travel with a supervisor if:

  • they’re travelling to a school for the first time
  • the trip involves more than one mode of travel, for example a charter flight and a commercial flight
  • there are long wait times between travel connections
  • they will need to stay overnight on the way
  • they need support for emotional or psychological challenges.

Students may also only need a supervisor to meet them at connection points and help continue on to the next leg of travel.

Page last updated: 28 September 2023.
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