ABSTUDY Living Allowance - Australian Government
ABSTUDY is a means tested payment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and Australian apprentices.
Further information on eligibility and payment rates of ABSTUDY is available on the Department of Human Services website, or by calling the Department of Human Services, ABSTUDY Students and Trainees area, on 1800 132 317.
The ABSTUDY policy manual provides additional information and is available on the Guides to Social Policy Law website.
In recognition of the 50th anniversary of ABSTUDY, from 1 January 2019 a range of changes to support students is being implemented. The changes include:
- consistent Living Allowance rates,
- simplified criteria to assist scholarship providers, through Scholarship Guidelines,
- changes to the frequency of payments paid to schools and boarding providers, and
- changes to ABSTUDY Fares Allowance and the introduction of Safe Travel Plans.
For more information about these changes, visit the Student measures page.