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 call centres
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
JobSeeker payment 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.

Government support payments for students

If you're a domestic student receiving Youth Allowance, Austudy or ABSTUDY, you may be eligible for the Australian Government’s Economic Support Payment or the Coronavirus Supplement. For details, see Services Australia.

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