Aussie Educator

Financial Support

The Commonwealth and all states & territories have programs to provide financial support for students and their families. These vary but include items like Education Tax Refunds, concession transport cards, specialised transport for students with disabilities, bursaries, scholarships, accommodation assistance, textbook allowances, more.

This page provides information for as many of those about which we are aware.

State & Territory Information

Australian Capital Territory

New South Wales

Subsidies, Grants & Allowances

  • This includes the following :
  • Assisted School Travel Program
    ‘Transport to and/or from school for some students with disabilities, behaviour disorders and learning difficulties, when parents or caregivers responsible for transport are unable to do so’.
  • Course Fees & Fee Support Information
    TAFE NSW. ‘A range of criteria apply for course fees, with government subsidies, loans, payment by instalment and fee support available to eligible students’.
  • Youth Allowance
    Information from Department of Human Services.

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Northern Territory

  • Conveyance Subsidy;
  • Correspondence Materials Delivery Allowance;
  • Delivery Assistance;
  • Isolated Students Education Allowance;
  • MidTerm Travel Scheme;
  • Remote Area Travel Allowance;
  • School of the Air Student Functions;
  • Student Assistance [includes Proof of Residency];
  • Student Travel Scheme;
  • Tertiary Fare Re-imbursement ;


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South Australia

  • Payments and Financial Support Schemes
    Includes Aboriginal families, students in remote and isolated areas, young people at school, training or in an apprenticeship.
  • School Card
    ‘Provides financial assistance towards the educational expenses incurred by families at government and non-government schools and who meet the eligibility criteria’.
  • Travel Concession and Allowances
    Student Concession Cards, students with disabilities, Fares allowance, Allowance for geographically isolated students, other forms of assistance, more.
  • Concession Card [SA]
    Adelaide Metro. Information below the card graphics.


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Western Australia

  • Details about items listed below and more can be found by going to the Western Australia Education Department’s document covering Student Grants and Allowances. Includes latest guidelines
  • Agricultural College Special Subsidy
    Part of the Boarding Away from Home Allowance.
  • Boarding Away from Home Allowance
    Eligibility restrictions apply.
  • Secondary Assistance Scheme
    Clothing and Educational Program Allowances.

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Primary & Secondary

In addition to the information supplied above, you should also check information regarding scholarships/allowances/assistance by going to the Scholarships pages.

Check regarding scholarships/allowances/assistance from individual institutions. Confirm details at schools by going to School Web Sites and following the instructions. These are often also to be found in major daily papers in each state at appropriate times of the year. Most non-government schools advertise in February & March for scholarships applicable in the following year.

The following links apply to all states & territories. Most are Commonwealth Government funding programs.

Other Sources

  • Saver Plus
    Brotherhood of St Laurence. ‘Participants make regular deposits towards a savings goal over a 10 month period and attend workshops to build their financial management skills. When participants reach their savings goal, ANZ matches the amount - up to $500 - towards education costs’.

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In addition to the information supplied below, you should also check the Scholarships pages for information regarding scholarships/allowances/assistance from individual universities. Similarly, a number of colleges also have scholarships/allowances/assistance. Information can be found through individual College sites, and in some cases the Scholarships link noted above.

Australian Government Sites

  • Austudy
    Provides income support to eligible students over the age of 25.
  • Defence Force Jobs
    As well as providing general information about all aspects of defence force jobs, this looks at positions at ADFA [Defence Forces Academy, check under Education] and the help that is available. You do have to sign up for a minimum period of service wherever they send you.

HECS & HELP Assistance

    ‘A loan given to eligible fee-paying students to help pay part or all of their tuition fees. You can borrow up to the amount of the tuition fee being charged by your provider for your unit of study’. Now found through Study Assist.
    What it was/is, eligibility, repayments, booklet, other information, more. Now found through Study Assist.
  • HELP Paying My Fees
    ‘The Government administers five HELP loans schemes to assist students with the cost of their tuition’. Now found through Study Assist.
  • Study and Training Support Loans
    Australian Taxation Office. Includes HECS-HELP and Student Financial Supplement Scheme information. Also check the Overview page for more information.
  • OS-HELP loans and Study Overseas
    ‘If you are enrolled in a course of study with an approved Australian higher education provider [provider] and you wish to undertake part of your study overseas, you may be eligible to access a HELP loan for the portion of your overseas exchange’.
  • Paying Back My Loan
    ‘Be aware of all requirements regarding your HELP loan. This section will explain your requirements and your options to repay your loan’. Now found through Study Assist.
  • VET Student Loans
    Study Assist. ‘VET Student Loans commenced on 1 January 2017, replacing the VET FEE-HELP scheme, which ceased for new students on 31 December 2016’.

Post Graduate Assistance

  • Research Training Program
    ‘Applications for RTP Scholarships need to be made directly to participating universities. Each university has its own application and selection process’. One example is University of New England. Previously listed as the Australian Postgraduate Awards.
  • See details for FEE-HELP above.

General Sites

  • FastWeb
    If you are looking to study at an American university, this could be the site for you. It helps find free scholarships and information about colleges.
  • Student Discounts
    One of several online sources where students [and teachers] can legitimately buy quality software from known brands at “academic prices” as well as related materials.
  • Student VIP
    You need to join StudentVIP to access all areas. A portal including numerous money saving processes including Textbookexchange, ‘Australia’s largest second hand textbook site. Save heaps off new text book prices’.

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