Your travel time or access

You may get a higher rate of ABSTUDY if travel to study or work is impossible or unreasonable. You must also live away from home because of this.

Travel is impossible or unreasonable if either of the following apply:

  • it takes more than 90 minutes travel from your home - including walking and waiting time
  • blocked roads, flooding or unreliable transport make it hard to travel at least 20 days in the school year.

If you’re a secondary school student, travel may also be unreasonable if your home is at least either:

  • 56 km from a suitable school
  • 4.5 km from the nearest transport service and at least 16 km from a suitable school.

Page last updated: 10 December 2021