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Financial Assistance

Australian Government Financial Assistance

The Australian government provides financial assistance to students or Australian apprentices through a range of income support allowances, additional payments and support loans. It is important that you find out as much as you can about your options for assistance.  

This might involve contacting and speaking directly with:

  • an Australian Apprenticeship Centre 
  • Centrelink, or 
  • the student support services area at your university or TAFE

Income Support

There are means-tested student income support allowances for eligible students undertaking an approved study course or an Australian Apprenticeship available through Centrelink.

Living Away from Home Support

Students who are eligible for Australian government income support payments and who also need to live away from home to undertake higher education study may be eligible for additional financial support. This is available from the Department of Human Services, through Centrelink, and includes:

  • Fares allowance
  • Higher rates of youth allowance
  • Relocation Scholarship
  • Rent assistance

Australian apprentices who need to live away from home to take up or retain an Australian Apprenticeship may be eligible for additional financial support. This is available through an Australian Apprenticeship Centre (AAC). 

Study-related financial support

Centrelink provides a number of additional support payments to assist students.

Trade Support Loan                                              

You may be eligible to receive an Australian Government loan to assist with course start-up costs or general living expenses whilst you are a student or Australian Apprentice.  The schedule of repayment may depend on your subsequent income.

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provides the reasonable and necessary supports people with disability require to achieve their goals. The NDIS is being progressively rolled out across Australia, and is currently operating in specific locations and for specific cohorts. Students or Apprentices who are participants in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) may receive assistance for their studies through the National Disability Insurance Agency. The NDIS website contains more information on eligibility and launch site details

State or Territory Support

Students with disability may be eligible for TAFE fee concessions or exemptions. Check with your local TAFE.

The  transport authority in your state or territory can provide information about the following:

  • a taxi transport subsidy scheme (or equivalent)
  • a disability parking permit.

Other Financial Assistance - Scholarships

Scholarships are offered  by a wide range of organisations such as community organisations, large and small charities, State, Federal and local governments in addition to tertiary institutions. Students from many different backgrounds are eligible including students with disabilities, students in equity groups, students from overseas and students that have demonstrated academic achievement in a particular area of study. Scholarships & Awards Information