You need to be an eligible student moving away from home to study at a tertiary education provider. This payment is for those who study straight after year 12 or equivalent.
You must meet certain rules to get the payment. You must be all of the following:
- an Australian resident
- meeting study rules
- from an inner regional, outer regional, remote or very remote area
- moving to study at a tertiary education provider that’s more than 90 minutes away from your family home by public transport
- have completed year 12 or equivalent
- studying a tertiary course at certificate IV or above in the next available study period after year 12 with no gap year
- 22 or younger on the day you start your tertiary course
- have parents or guardians whose income is under the current combined parental income limit of $250,000.
If you can’t start studying in the year straight after year 12, you may still be eligible. This needs to be for a special reason and you’ll need to give us proof.
If you’re eligible, you can claim the Tertiary Access Payment from 1 January in your first year of tertiary study.
To get the payment, you must be studying one of the following:
- university course
- Vocational Educational and Training (VET) course
- other higher education course.
You meet the rules for qualifying study if you do both of the following:
- study a certificate IV or above at an accredited Australian tertiary education provider
- study at least 75% of a full-time study load over an academic year.
You may still be eligible if you can’t study full time. This needs to be for a special reason and you’ll need to give us proof.
There are also rules you need to meet for the delivery of your study program. It must be one of the following:
- a combination of face-to-face and online study
- at a Regional University Centre (RUC), including as an online student.
Family home location
To get the Tertiary Access Payment, your family home needs to be located in certain areas.
Parental income limit
We check your parents’ or guardians’ income when you claim Tertiary Access Payment.