Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and apprentices may be able to get financial help from the Australian Government. This help is available from Centrelink through the ABSTUDY program.

On 18 September 2013, responsibility for this programme was transferred to the Department of Social Services.

ABSTUDY provides a means-tested living allowance and other benefits to eligible secondary and tertiary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and apprentices.

Primary students living at home and aged 14 years or more on 1 January in the year of study may also be eligible for assistance.

ABSTUDY is delivered by Centrelink, more information is available in the ABSTUDY Policy Manual.

The previous ABSTUDY Policy Manuals have been archived. To access archived manuals complete the online assistance form.

Want to know more?

Visit the Centrelink – ABSTUDY website
Visit any Centrelink office
Call Centrelink on 1800 132 317