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
- Financial Assistance for Families
Secondary Bursary Scheme Student Support Fund program.
- School Services
Transport ACT. Multiple topics are covered including a FAQ section. Find more at the Concessions section of the Transport ACT site.
- Transport for Students with Disabilities
New South Wales
Subsidies, Grants & Allowances
- 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
TAFE NSW. ‘A range of criteria apply for course fees, with government subsidies, loans, payment by instalment and fee support available to eligible students’.
Rural and Distance Education
This area includes the following :
- Assistance for Isolated Children Scheme
- Boarding Scholarships for Isolated Students
Scroll down to the Scholarships and Allowances section.
- Living Away From Home Allowance
Scroll down to the Scholarships and Allowances section.
- School Drive Subsidy. Also see Subsidised Travel for Eligible Students [Transport for NSW], known as the School Student Transport Scheme.
Information from Department of Human Services.
- Australian Government Student Assistance
Information from NT.gov.au.
- Student Assistance Schemes
Includes the following specific areas :
- 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 ;
- Student Financial Help and
Links to specific information. NT.gov.au .
- Grants and Appropriations
‘Each of the profiles of the appropriations and allowances shows purpose, eligibility, calculation, payment processes and data requirements’. See below for some of these.
- Investing for Success
‘In 2014, the Queensland Government commenced a four-year funding initiative to improve student outcomes and school performance’. This is extended into 2019.
- Living Away from Home Allowance
and Students - Financial Allowances
State & Commonwealth assistance.
- School Transport
Department of Transport and Main Roads. School Transport Assistance Scheme, statements, Code of Conduct, behaviour, even bus replacement options. Also check the School Tickets and Fares site at TRANSLink.
- Student Hostels Assistance
‘Targeted funds are allocated to certain schools in recognition that, to achieve desired educational outcomes or to provide appropriate educational experiences, these schools require enhanced funding levels’.
- Textbook and Resource Allowance
‘Assistance to parents of secondary school age students attending state and approved non-state schools to contribute towards the cost of textbooks and learning resources’.
- 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.
- Awards & Scholarships
- Student Assistance Scheme Guidelines
- Student Financial Assistance includes the Student Assistance Scheme and Awards & Scholarships listed above as well as :
Concession Bus pass, Conveyance Allowance, links, more.
- Concession Card [Vic]
Concessions for students eligible for transport to and from school. Download further information at Victorian Fares & Tickets via either the relevant chapter on Concessions, or the whole section.
- Financial Help
‘You can get financial help with living and child care costs if you meet certain criteria’.
- Help with School Costs and Fees
There are options if you’ re having difficulties with school costs’.
Town Bus Ticketing
Information including a link to all fares. Download a copy of the Victorian Fares and Ticketing Manual for further information.
- State Schools Uniform Relief
‘We support thousands of young Victorians and their families, clothing 1 in 60 children for school each year’.
Transport options in your local area, School Bus Program, Students with Disabilities Transport Program, Conveyance Allowance Program, Transport Special Case Consideration.
- Details about items listed below. More can be found by checking 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.
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. These are often 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.
Financial assistance for people of Indigenous descent to undertake secondary or tertiary study. Check details for granting this.
Assistance for Isolated Children Scheme
Commonwealth initiative. Helps if you have a ‘primary, secondary or under 16 year old tertiary student who cannot go to an appropriate government school because you live too far away’.
Child Disability Assistance Payment
Financial assistance for carers of children with disabilities.
- Youth Allowance
- 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’.
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
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.
- Paying back Your Loan
Directs you to a number of links to find precise information about this process.
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’.
- Study and Training Support
Australian Taxation Office. Includes HECS-HELP and Student Financial Supplement Scheme information. Also check the Overview page for more information.
- 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.
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’.