Who can get it

You need to meet certain criteria to get Austudy if you're a student or Australian Apprentice.

You’ll need to meet all of the following:

  • residence rules
  • an income test
  • an assets test.

If you’re getting Youth Allowance as a student or Australian Apprentice at the time you turn 25, you won’t move to Austudy. You’ll keep getting Youth Allowance until you finish your current course or apprenticeship.

Austudy is an income support payment. If you get a different income support payment it will stop when your Austudy payments start.

You may not be eligible if you get certain payments from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA). Read more about getting a Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) payment.


You must be both:

  • 25 or older
  • studying full time in an approved course at an approved institution.


You must be all of the following:

Meet some of our students

We have 8 examples of people with different circumstances who can get student payments.

Read more about student profiles to see if they match your situation.

Page last updated: 12 September 2023.
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