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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.

AllowanceBasic eligibilityStudy loadCentrelink
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Youth allowanceStudents under 25More than 75% load13 2490
AustudyStudents over 25More than 75% load13 2490
AbstudyIndigenous students of any ageDepends on type of study
See also Monash Indigenous Centre
13 2317
NewstartPeople over 21 looking for workPart-time study load and recipient must be looking for work13 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.