Student Income Support
There are a range of means tested payments available to support eligible students who are undertaking, or who are planning to undertake, approved study or an Australian Apprenticeship, including:
Youth Allowance (Students and Australian Apprentices) - a means tested payment for full-time students and Australian Apprentices generally aged 16 to 24 years old.
Austudy (Students and Australian Apprentices) - a payment made to full-time students and Australian Apprentices who are aged 25 years and older.
ABSTUDY (Students and Australian Apprentices) - a living allowance payment plus a range of supplementary benefits for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
Are you eligible for student payments?
You can use the 'Payment Finder' administered by the Department of Human Services to locate which type of payment(s) you may be eligible for whilst studying (some full-time or part-time students, and Australian Apprentices, may also be eligible for student payments).
A guide to Australian Government payments, and applicable payment rates, is available here (this publication is updated quarterly).
Child Care Assistance
The mychild.gov.au is Australia's online child care portal. On this website you will find information on different types of child care and how to get assistance with the cost of child care. You can also search a database to find child care centres in your local area. In many cases, you will also be able to find the services' vacancy and fee information. This site also has information and links to other useful websites about children's health and wellbeing, parenting and family support services.