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ABSTUDY is a group of payments for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and apprentices.

These are Services Australia payments.

Who can get it

To get one or more ABSTUDY payments you must be all of the following:

  • an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Australian
  • in an approved course, Australian Apprenticeship or traineeship
  • not getting another payment to study or train.

How to get it

Depending on the type of student you are and the payment you’re claiming, there are different ways to claim. 

You may get more than one ABSTUDY payment at a time. Select the type of student you are to get more information on the Services Australia website:

For information or help with a claim, call the ABSTUDY line on the Services Australia website.

Claim online

You can claim online if you’re claiming ABSTUDY Living Allowance or ABSTUDY Incidentals Allowance.

You’ll need to have Centrelink linked to your myGov account to claim this payment.

If you don’t have a myGov account

If you don’t have a myGov account, follow the steps to create one. When you’ve created one, you can link services to your account.

Help in your language

You can call the multilingual phone service on the Services Australia website to speak with someone in your language.