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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.
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 record your participation with your employment services provider. If you’re registered with Workforce Australia Online, you’ll record your participation on your Workforce Australia homepage after signing in through myGov.
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, and registered with Workforce Australia to help find a job. Taylor decides to do further study to help gain more skills. Taylor enrols in a Certificate II in Hospitality course which is an approved course. Taylor records the course participation on the Workforce Australia homepage after signing in through myGov. Taylor calls the Youth and Students Line before finishing the course and gets paid the EdEP. If Taylor takes more courses in the future, he may 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. Kai is now about to transfer to Austudy to study a full time Diploma of Land Management. Kai calls the Centrelink employment services line before transferring to Austudy and gets EdEP as a one off payment.
Approved study or training
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
- small business training activity as part of Self-Employment Assistance, previously the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS).
You need to call us to claim EdEP before you finish your course or training.
Read more about:
- Skills for Education and Employment Program on the Department of Education, Skills and Employment website.
- Self-Employment Assistance on the Department of Education, Skills and Employment website.
You must study an approved course at an approved education provider to get Youth Allowance, Austudy, or Pensioner Education Supplement.