AbStudy And AuStudyThere is an important update to this page. Prior to 1 January 2008 Centrelink clients on Austudy were not entitled to get rent Assistance. However on 1 January 2008 legislation was changed to allow Centrelink clients on Austudy to also get Rent Assistance. The link to the information on the Centrelink website is (here).
All I can say is that it is about time. The Australian Government has certainly dragged its' heals over the years by not making changes to this bit of legislation. They have probably saved tens of millions of dollars (and put thousands of students through financial hell) over the years by not having to pay AuStudy clients any Rent Assistance. Do not forget Centrelink clients receiving AbStudy have been able to get Rent Assistance for years.
I am still checking to see if AuStudy clients are assessed as non-sharers like those on AbStudy (since AbStudy is exempt from the sharing provisions of the Rent Assistance Legislation). If they are not then the legislation still discriminates based on race (since only those of Aboriginal heritage can get AbStudy), and would mean that the government is still trying to save money whilst looking like they are doing the right thing.
I would have thought that the Centrelink and federal government staff monitoring this site (through the www.sge.net and www.centrelink.gov.au servers) would have notified me that this page needed updating as soon as the legislation was changed. I have even left a request at the bottom of my index page for them to do notify me if any information on this web-site is out of date or innacuate. If they can't do that then what is the use of them monitoring sites like mine.
I have also decided to add a copy of the AuStudy payments page from Centrelink. The direct link to the original page is in the heading.
Centrelink Customer Service Centre for a personal assessment. This payment is made as a fortnightly payment into your bank or other account.
|Status||Payment Paid Per Fortnight|
|Single, with children||$465.60|
|Partnered , with children||$390.20|
|Partnered , no children||$355.40|
|Special rate for long-term unemployed commencing full-time study:|
|Partnered, no children||$390.20|
Additional payments and benefits you may be entitled to:
- A Low Income Health Care Card may be claimed.
- Fares Allowance may be payable.
- Pharmaceutical Allowance may be paid during periods of incapacity.
- Remote Area Allowance may be payable.
- Rent Assistance may be payable from 1 January 2008.
- A $500 Advance Payment of Austudy may be payable.
Accessing Online ServicesTo register or find out more about your payments, go to Online Services.
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