Students and their families can get help with child care and education costs
through a variety of schemes provided by Centrelink and other national
agencies. Assistance is available for all types of learning and training for
those with special needs.
These support schemes are only for Aboriginal people. Aboriginal families
may also be eligible for other support.
Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders can apply for ABSTUDY. The scheme covers indigenous secondary or tertiary
education and full-time Australian apprenticeships.
Indigenous Youth Mobility Program
Aboriginal people aged 16 to 24 who live in remote areas can get support to
move into Indigenous Youth Mobility Program accomodation while
studying and training away from home. You'll get healthy meals, and 24/7 help
from staff to guide you and keep you in touch with your loved ones.
Customers of Centrelink can use the Centrepay bill-paying service. Fees including education
fees can be deducted on a regular basis from Centrelink payments. You can
contact your school about arranging a payment plan.
Defence force families
Members of the Australian Defence Force are entitled to various assistance
schemes to support their child's education. You may also be eligible for other
Families with children in child care
The Child Care Benefit helps you with the cost of child care,
long day care, family day care, occasional care, outside school hours care,
vacation care and registered care.
If you have applied for the Child Care
Benefit, you may also be eligible for the Child Care Rebate
The Jobs, Education and Training Child Care Rebate (JET) helps you
with the cost of child care fees while you study, participate in training or
participate in job search activities to enter or re-enter the workforce if you
are on an employment pathway plan through Centrelink.
The Grandparent Child Care Benefit helps you with the cost of
childcare if you are the sole or main provider of ongoing daily care for your
The Special Child Care benefit can assist with child care fees:
- where the child is at risk of serious abuse or neglect
- if the family is experiencing a hardship that makes it difficult to
access child care
- the weekly limit of hours can be increased and the fees covered by this
benefit in some circumstances.
For more information see child care
resources and fact sheets on the My child website or phone the mychild
helpline on 13 36 84 or get more information about support for parents of a new baby or newly-adopted child on
the Centrelink website.
Overseas students on an award course in South Australia can enrol their
children in a state government school. There are two categories of
children of international tertiary students
children of South Australian government endorsed
Pensioners who are receiving payments from Centrelink may be eligible for a
Pensioner Education Supplement.
Students in remote and isolated areas
School-aged students who cannot get to a school or tertiary provider because
they live in a remote area, or they have a disability or special health needs
can apply for help through Assistance for Isolated Children (AIC).
Aboriginal students may be interested in finding out about the Indigenous Youth Mobility Program.
Eligible students can apply for a
Young people at school, training or in an apprenticeship
Full-time students aged 25 years or over and those undertaking an Australian
apprenticeship can apply for financial help through AUSTUDY.
The scheme covers secondary education, graduate and undergraduate courses, and
some Masters, diplomas and TAFE courses.
Schoolkids Bonus (previously the Education Tax Refund)
Schoolkids Bonus is a payment to help eligible families and students with
the education related costs of primary and secondary school studies. The
Schoolkids Bonus can be used to assist with the costs of things like school
fees, uniforms, books and sports, music or other lessons.
Full-time students from low income families scheme who are attending
government and non-government schools can claim
School Card assistance for a range of school expenses, including fees.
HELP paying your fees
The Government administers
five HELP loans schemes to assist students with the cost of their tuition.
The right loan for you will depend on your circumstances, eligibility and where
you want to study.
Contact schools, universities and other educational institutions to discover
their range of
Eligible students can apply for a
Young people who are studying, training or
undertaking an Australian Apprenticeship may be eligible for a Youth
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support basics - Centrelink
Concession and health care cards - Centrelink
Payments for students and trainees - Centrelink
Payments for Indigenous students and trainees - Centrelink
for Australian apprentices - Centrelink
Family Assistance Office
Youth and students' payments - Australian Government