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You might get EdEP if one of these applies to you:
- you get or are eligible for Pensioner Education Supplement
- you get an eligible payment and you’re staying on this payment while you study
- you get an eligible payment for a minimum amount of time and you’re staying on the payment while you study
- you get an eligible payment and you’re transferring to a student payment while you study.
You get Pensioner Education Supplement (PES)
We pay EdEP automatically as a one off payment when you get PES. While you get PES, you’ll get one EdEP every year.
Sam is studying a Bachelor of Arts. She’s been getting Carer Payment for 6 months and she also gets PES. Sam’s course started in second semester and she got her EdEP in late July. As a continuing student, Sam will be eligible for EdEP again in January next year.
You can get EdEP if you study while you get PES and one of the following payments:
- Disability Support Pension
- Carer Payment
- Parenting Payment single
- Special Benefit if you’re a single principal carer and are not eligible for parenting payments.
You don’t need to be on these payments for a minimum amount of time. When you study while on these payments, and get PES you’ll also get EdEP once a year.
You need to call us to claim EdEP before you finish your course or training.
Ali has just claimed Parenting Payment single and has enrolled in an Advanced Diploma in Industrial Automation. Ali starts the course as a part time student on 4 March. Ali applies for PES and also gets EdEP. As a continuing student, she’ll get another EdEP in January of the following year.
You may get an EdEP if you’ve been getting one of the following payments for the last 12 months:
- JobSeeker Payment, including if you transferred from another income support payment, for example Youth Allowance for job seekers
- Parenting Payment partnered, including if you transferred from Parenting Payment single.
You need to be enrolled in an approved course and have it included in your Job Plan.
You can get a maximum of one EdEP a year. You need to call us to claim EdEP before you finish your course or training.
Taylor has been getting Youth Allowance as a job seeker for 16 months. He enrols in a Certificate II in Hospitality course. It’s an approved course and is included in his Job Plan. Taylor calls the Youth and Students Line before he finishes the course and gets paid the EdEP. If he takes more courses in the future, he’ll be able to get the payment again 12 months later.
You get an eligible payment and are transferring to a student payment
You normally can’t get EdEP if you get a student payment from us. Your situation or the course you’re studying may mean you have to transfer to a student payment. If this applies to you, you can get EdEP if you transfer to a student payment from another Centrelink payment. The payment you transfer from needs to be either:
To get EdEP, call us to let us know you’re about to transfer to one of these payments:
You need to let us know before you start getting your student payment.
Kai has been looking for work while getting JobSeeker Payment for the past 14 months. He’s now about to transfer to Austudy to study a full time Diploma of Land Management. Kai calls the Centrelink employment services line before he transfers to Austudy and gets EdEP as a one off payment.
Approved study or training
If you’re a job seeker with a Job Plan, you need to have the course in your Job Plan before you can get EdEP. This doesn’t apply if you’re transferring to a student payment.
We can’t pay you EdEP if you’ve already finished your course.
Approved courses for EdEP may include:
- university study
- TAFE course
- the Department of Education, Skills and Employment Skills for Education and Employment Program
- the Adult Migrant English Program
- the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme pre-training course.
You should discuss what courses are approved with your employment service provider.
You must study an approved course at an approved education provider to get Youth Allowance, Austudy, or Pensioner Education Supplement.