Want to know more about ABSTUDY?
If you think ABSTUDY is complicated – you’re right. ABSTUDY is not a single payment, but a group of payments designed to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with the costs of study or undertaking an Australian apprenticeship.
This session will provide an overview of ABSTUDY, covering the seven different awards payable under the ABSTUDY scheme, and how to navigate each award’s distinct criteria linked to high school, undergraduate university study and postgraduate degrees.
We’ll explain the claims process, eligibility criteria for each award, and the type of assistance a student or apprentice may receive. We’ll cover the allowances payable, the rules about study loads, and the issue of reasonable time limits. We’ll also outline the appeals process – which is not the same as for most other Centrelink payments.
Target audience: First Nations community workers, community workers, secondary school support staff, tertiary First Nations support unit staff