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.
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.