Centrelink - government income support

Students may be able to receive income support administered by Centrelink. There are different benefits, rates of pay and requirements for different student groups, see Centrelink - student and trainees.

Living allowances

All Centrelink allowances are means-tested. Check if you are eligible by contacting Centrelink.

Allowance Basic eligibility Study load Centrelink
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Youth allowance Students under 25 More than 75% load 13 2490
Austudy Students over 25 More than 75% load 13 2490
Abstudy Indigenous students of any age Depends on type of study
See also Monash Indigenous Studies Centre (MISC)
13 2317
Newstart People over 21 looking for work Part-time study load and recipient must be looking for work 13 2850

Health Care Card

Most Australian students are eligible for a Low Income Health Care Card. Benefits can include:

  • concession fares on public transport
  • concession rate for prescription medicines
  • 50% off car registration
  • discounts on utility bills.

Applications are available from your nearest nearest Centrelink office.