AUSSIE EDUCATOR

Financial Support

The Commonwealth and state & territory education systems all have programs to provide financial support for students and their families. These vary but include items such as Education Tax Refunds, concession transport cards, specialised transport for students with disabilities, bursaries, scholarships, accommodation assistance, family discounts for multiple students, textbook allowances, ... . Some apply across all systems. Others are specific to particular groups.

In addition to this form of financial support, you should also check the information on the New !Scholarships pages and also be aware that a number of charitable organisations also provide support related to children’s education.

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

Australian Capital Territory

ACT Education Directorate

Other Government Assistance

  • Note ! Check the Primary/Secondary and Tertiary sections further down the page for listed Commonwealth Government financial support in the education area.
  • New !ACT Secondary Bursary Scheme
    ‘Through the Secondary Bursary Scheme [SBS], low income families with students in years 7-10 can seek financial assistance to meet the cost of schooling’. Further details from the link in the above section.
  • New !Concessions
    Transport ACT. Check the Free Concession Travel section for several options.
  • New !Set up for Success : An Early Childhood Strategy for the ACT
    ‘A comprehensive, joined-up policy framework to guide the delivery of early childhood services and coordinate education, health and community service provision for our youngest residents’.

Other Sources

  • Note !Non-Government Schools
    Check with individual schools or, in some cases, a Diocesan Office or Synod for financial support availability. This may provide different options including scholarships, bursaries, reductions on fees, provision of equipment and other resources. Some schools also have specific scholarships for different groups of students.
  • Note !Charitable Bodies/Groups
    Several of these are listed in the Primary/Secondary section further down the page.
  • Concessions
    ‘If you have a concession card you may be eligible for reduced or free fares when travelling on Transport Canberra bus and light rail services’.
  • Updated !Schools [Transport ACT]
    Topics include Search school services by number; List of school services; and Rural services to schools. You can find out more about active travel and public transport for schools from the further selection at the bottom of the page.
  • Special Needs Transport for Students
    Linked to the Transport for Students with Disabilities in the above section. An New !FAQ page is available for download here.

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New South Wales

NSW Department of Education

  • 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’.
  • Rural and Distance Education
    This area includes the following among a series of options :

Other Government Assistance

  • Note ! Check the Primary/Secondary and Tertiary sections further down the page for listed Commonwealth Government financial support in the education area.
  • New !Active Kids [Service NSW]
    ‘The Active Kids program provides two $100 vouchers for parents, guardians and carers of school-enrolled children to use towards sport and active recreation costs each year’.
  • New !Creative Kids Program [NSW Government]
    ‘The Creative Kids program helps more young people access important learning opportunities across a range of creative and cultural activities’.
  • New !Financial Support for Students
    Services NSW. A central page for a range of support for students of different levels. Several have been covered via other links.
  • New !Free Tutoring to Support Students [2021]
    ‘The Department of Education will support schools to identify students who would benefit the most from this intensive support, tailoring it to their requirements’.
  • New !Public Transport Concessions and Subsidies
    ‘NSW government provides a wide range of concessions and subsidies to help with the cost of public transport in and around Sydney. Visit the pages listed to check out all the savings that are available for : Secondary School Students; Tertiary Students; Apprentices or Trainees; Jobseeker and Centrelink customers’; and more;.
  • New !School Drive Subsidy
    ‘Available to NSW residents in areas where there is no public transport, to drive an eligible student all or part of the way to school. The subsidy is for driving school students to school or to the nearest transport pick up point, by car, motorcycle or boat’.
  • New !Smart and Skilled Program
    ‘If you’re a prospective student you may be able to get subsidised training for selected courses through the NSW Government program, Smart and Skilled. Eligibility criteria; NSW Skills List; Smart and Skilled Course Finder; Smart and Skilled fee-free apprenticeships;’.
  • The School Student Transport Scheme
    ‘The School Student Transport Scheme [SSTS] provides eligible school students with free or subsidised travel from home to school’.

Other Sources

  • Note !Non-Government Schools
    Check with individual schools or, in some cases, a Diocesan Office or Synod for financial support availability. This may provide different options including scholarships, bursaries, reductions on fees, provision of equipment and other resources. Some schools also have specific scholarships for different groups of students.
  • Note !Charitable Bodies/Groups
    Several of these are listed in the Primary/Secondary section further down the page.
  • TAFE NSW, Course Fees & Fee Support Information
    ‘A range of criteria apply for course fees, with government subsidies, loans, payment by instalment and fee support available to eligible students’.

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Northern Territory

NT Department of Education

  • Conveyance Subsidy;
  • Distance Education Allowances;
  • Interstate Boarding Allowance;
  • Isolated Students Education Allowance for boarding institutions;
  • MidTerm Travel Scheme;
  • Remote Area Travel Allowance;
  • Student Travel Scheme;
  • Supplementary Boarding Allowance;
  • Tertiary Fare Re-imbursement ;
  • Student Financial Help and Scholarships
    Links to specific information. NT.gov.au .
  • New !Sport Voucher Scheme : Urban
    ‘The sport voucher scheme is available to every school-enrolled child from Preschool to Year 12 and home-schooled children. Children living in an urban area are eligible to receive two $100 sport vouchers each year - one in January and one in July - for sport, recreation and cultural activities’.

Other Government Assistance

  • Note ! Check the Primary/Secondary and Tertiary sections further down the page for listed Commonwealth Government financial support in the education area.
  • New !Get Set in the NT
    Currently operating for 2021 [students who completed school in 2020].
  • New !WorkWear-Workgear Bonus Scheme
    ‘If you’re a first-year apprentice or trainee in the Northern Territory, you may be eligible to receive either $300 or $1 000 in funding to buy workwear and equipment’.

Other Sources

  • Note !Non-Government Schools
    Check with individual schools or, in some cases, a Diocesan Office or Synod for financial support availability. This may provide different options including scholarships, bursaries, reductions on fees, provision of equipment and other resources. Some schools also have specific scholarships for different groups of students.
  • Note !Charitable Bodies/Groups
    Several of these are listed in the Primary/Secondary section further down the page.

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Queensland

Education Queensland

  • Updated !Investing for Success
    ‘State schools will use funding to support students to achieve improved outcomes across all stages of schooling’. The current program runs through to the end of 2021.
  • Updated !Student Hostels Assistance
    ‘Providing hostel accommodation in rural areas to accommodate geographically isolated primary and secondary students [including students with disabilities] so they may have daily access to schools’.
  • 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’.

Other Government Assistance

  • Note ! Check the Primary/Secondary and Tertiary sections further down the page for listed Commonwealth Government financial support in the education area.
  • Updated !Living Away from Home Allowance
    ‘The Living Away From Home Allowances Scheme [LAFHAS] supports eligible Queensland families whose children need to live away from home to attend a state school or an accredited non-state school’.
  • New !QKFS Plus Kindy Support
    ‘QKFS Plus Kindy Support is available to eligible families with a child enrolled in an approved kindergarten program’. Eligibility information is provided. Check possible Australian Government assistance included on this page.
  • New !Queensland Government Grants Finder
    ‘Find Queensland Government grants and assistance programs that may help you’.
  • New !School Transport
    ‘There are 3 types of transport assistance schemes :’

Other Sources

  • Note !Non-Government Schools
    Check with individual schools or, in some cases, a Diocesan Office or Synod for financial support availability. This may provide different options including scholarships, bursaries, reductions on fees, provision of equipment and other resources. Some schools also have specific scholarships for different groups of students.
  • Note !Charitable Bodies/Groups
    Several of these are listed in the Primary/Secondary section further down the page.

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South Australia

SA Department for Education & Child Development

  • New !School Card
    ‘The School Card scheme offers some financial relief for eligible low-income families. This helps to cover education costs [materials and services charge]. The School Card scheme is not offered to preschool children’. See a related SA.gov.au page in the Other Government Assistance section. You can also find information here.
  • New !Travel Concession and Allowances
    ‘Students can access concession rates and allowances on public transport when carrying an approved student identification card. Approved identification cards can be organised through government schools and must be carried when travelling. Find out more about the types of New !travel allowances and how to apply’. while a New !Claim for payment for a student travelling allowance is found here.

Other Government Assistance

  • Note ! Check the Primary/Secondary and Tertiary sections further down the page for listed Commonwealth Government financial support in the education area.
  • New ! Dame Roma Mitchell Grants
    ‘Dame Roma Mitchell Grants provide opportunities for eligible children and young people who are, or have been, under the guardianship of the Chief Executive or Minister for Child Protection in South Australia for at least one full year’.
  • Updated !Payments and Financial Support Schemes
    SA.gov.au site which provides links to a range of Commonwealth based support.
  • New !Sports Vouchers
    ‘The Sports Vouchers program is a Government of South Australia initiative administered by the Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing. The program provides an opportunity for primary school aged children from Reception to Year 7 to receive up to a $100 discount on sports or dance membership/registration fees and learn to swim programs’.

Other Sources

  • Note !Non-Government Schools
    Check with individual schools or, in some cases, a Diocesan Office or Synod for financial support availability. This may provide different options including scholarships, bursaries, reductions on fees, provision of equipment and other resources. Some schools also have specific scholarships for different groups of students.
  • Note !Charitable Bodies/Groups
    Several of these are listed in the Primary/Secondary section further down the page.
  • New !Adelaide Metro - Fares
    ‘Fare information for travelling on buses, trains and trams’. Sections covering Concession Holders and Tertiary Student fares and also Primary and Secondary Student fares.

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Tasmania

Tasmanian Department of Education Directorate

  • New !Educational Adjustments Disability Funding
    ‘The new Educational Adjustments approach will support inclusive practice in schools and assist students with disability to access, participate and engage in quality learning programs’.
  • New !Student Assistance Scheme [STAS]
    ‘The Student Assistance Scheme [STAS] provides assistance to low income families towards the cost of levies for students enrolled in a school from Kindergarten through to Year 12’.
  • Travelling to School
    Concession Bus pass, Conveyance Allowance, links, more. Also find details via related links in the next section.

Other Government Assistance

  • Note ! Check the Primary/Secondary and Tertiary sections further down the page for listed Commonwealth Government financial support in the education area.
  • New !Tasmanian Government Discounts & Concessions : Education
    Included ‘is the list of concessions available in the education category. To view each concession, click on its name. To expand or collapse the information for every concession use the links’. Includes all school levels; Student Accommodation; Student Travel; TasTAFE; and Adult Education. School specific areas cover : Student assistance; Spectacles assistance; School uniform exceptional assistance scheme; Multiple types of student travel [including Conveyance Allowance]; and Accommodation allowance for students [Years 11 and 12].
  • New !Spectacles Assistance Scheme
    ‘The Spectacles Assistance Scheme provides financial assistance for the purchase of spectacles to those people who meet the guidelines’.
  • New !Student Travel [Transport Services]
    ‘The links will assist students and their families to understand and access information about student travel in Tasmania, including information about student bus passes, bus timetables, bus routes and conveyance allowances for both child and adult students’.
  • New !Ticket to Play
    ‘Ticket to Play provides two vouchers up to $100 each towards club membership for children aged 5-18 years and listed on a Centrelink Health Care or Pensioner Concession Card or in Out of Home Care’.

Other Sources

  • Note !Non-Government Schools
    Check with individual schools or, in some cases, a Diocesan Office or Synod for financial support availability. This may provide different options including scholarships, bursaries, reductions on fees, provision of equipment and other resources. Some schools also have specific scholarships for different groups of students.
  • Note !Charitable Bodies/Groups
    Several of these are listed in the Primary/Secondary section further down the page.
  • New ! Grants and Scholarships - Application [Uniting Church in Australia]
    Synod of Victoria and Tasmania.

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Victoria

Victorian Education & Training

  • New !Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund
    ‘Provides payments for eligible students to attend activities like : school camps or trips, swimming and school-organised sport programs; outdoor education programs and excursions and incursions’.
  • Financial Help for Parents
    ‘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’.
  • New !Student Scholarships
    ‘Scholarships are payments to help you with the cost of your child’s education. They’re generally offered based on : financial need or difficulties, your child’s school results and school and community activities your child takes part in’.
  • New !Travelling to School
    ‘You’re responsible for getting your child to school and home again. We recommend checking the transport options in your area before you enrol in a school. We can give support if you’re in regional or rural Victoria and/or your child has a disability or additional needs’.

Other Government Assistance

  • Note ! Check the Primary/Secondary and Tertiary sections further down the page for listed Commonwealth Government financial support in the education area.
  • New !Grants and Programs
    Links to a wide range of grants and programs to access including.
  • New !Public Transport - Victoria - School students
    Covers ‘Primary and secondary school students aged 5 to 18’.
  • Regional Town Bus Ticketing
    Information including a link to all fares. Download a copy of the Updated !Victorian Fares and Ticketing Manual [.DOCX format] from this page for further information. Other documents also available from this page.
  • New !Student Concessions Victoria [Youth Central]
    ‘If you’re a student in Victoria you’re entitled to discounts and concessions on a range of things including public transport, event tickets and health care’. Links to areas where concessions may be available.
  • New !Student Scholarships
    ‘These school scholarships are for students who are studying in Victorian schools and who are citizens or permanent residents of Australia. The Department of Education and Training administers over 200 different student scholarship awards annually’.

Other Sources

  • Note !Non-Government Schools
    Check with individual schools or, in some cases, a Diocesan Office or Synod for financial support availability. This may provide different options including scholarships, bursaries, reductions on fees, provision of equipment and other resources. Some schools also have specific scholarships for different groups of students.
  • Note !Charitable Bodies/Groups
    Several of these are listed in the Primary/Secondary section further down the page.
  • New !Crisis Referral Information System [CRIS]
    ‘The CRIS Online Directory contains information on a large number of Victorian community based support services and other organisations. The aim is to provide a broad range of information for people seeking welfare assistance, advice and general referral and support’. The Salvation Army Crisis Services.
  • New !State Schools’ Relief
    ‘SSR provides government school students with new uniforms, footwear and educational resources, including learning devices. We work side by side with all Victorian primary, secondary, specialist and language schools to ensure that any students facing hardship have the necessary items they require for school. 1 in 10 Victorian State School students are supported by State Schools’ Relief’.

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Western Australia

WA Department of Education

Other Government Assistance

  • Note ! Check the Primary/Secondary and Tertiary sections further down the page for listed Commonwealth Government financial support in the education area.
  • New !ConcessionsWA - Education,Training & Employment
    10 Different concessions are linked to from this page, most relating to schools.
  • New !Kidsport
    ‘KidSport enables eligible Western Australian children aged 5 to 18 years to participate in community sport by offering them financial assistance of up to $150 per calendar year towards club fees’.
  • Updated !Student Travel Subsidies
    Transport WA. ‘Find out more about the scheme, including the entitlements, whether you are eligible, proof of eligibility and how to apply. The Student Travel Subsidy Scheme provides travel assistance to eligible full-time enrolled school and tertiary students who live in Western Australia to overcome geographical isolation from schools and other educational institutions’. Also see the Student SmartRider page.

Other Sources

  • Note !Non-Government Schools
    Check with individual schools or, in some cases, a Diocesan Office or Synod for financial support availability. This may provide different options including scholarships, bursaries, reductions on fees, provision of equipment and other resources. Some schools also have specific scholarships for different groups of students.
  • Note !Charitable Bodies/Groups
    Several of these are listed in the Primary/Secondary section further down the page.
  • New !Grandcarers Support Scheme [Wanslea Family Services]
    ‘The Scheme provides an annual support payment to grandparents who have full time responsibility for raising their grandchildren. It acknowledges the additional demands and financial pressures that grandparents in this role may experience. The Scheme is funded by the Department of Communities’.

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Primary & Secondary

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

Check regarding scholarships, allowances and 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 across all states & territories. These are all Commonwealth Government funding programs. For state and territory government funding, refer to the individual states and territories above.

Government Funding

  • Updated !ABSTUDY
    ‘A group of payments for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander students or apprentices. We’ve recently restructured our ABSTUDY content to group the information by types of students’ e.g. Secondary and primary students, Tertiary students and Australian Apprentices, ... . There are also a range of other ABSTUDY related payments and services. See the listing New !here.
  • New !Allowances for Boarding School Students [ABSA]
    ‘Federal and State Governments in Australia provide a range of allowances for boarding families to access. The attached page details all of these allowances in detail’.
  • Updated ! Assistance for Isolated Children Scheme
    ‘A group of payments for parents and carers of children who can’t go to a local state school. This could be because of geographical isolation, disability or special needs’.
  • Updated ! Child Disability Assistance Payment
    ‘An automatic yearly payment if you get Carer Allowance for looking after a child with a disability or serious illness. You must get Carer Allowance for 1 July to qualify’.
  • New !Family Tax Benefit
    ‘A 2 part payment that helps with the cost of raising children. Read the full conditions under New !who can get it’.
  • New !Limited Child Support Agreement
    Some relevant items form part of the options linked to this.
  • New !Pensioner Education Supplement
    ‘A regular extra payment to help with study costs if you get certain income support from us’.
  • New !Relocation Scholarship
    ‘A once a year payment if you get ABSTUDY or Youth Allowance. You must also need to move to or from a regional or remote area for higher education study’.

Other Sources

  • New !Country Education Foundation - Our Grants
    ‘Your local Country Education Foundation [CEF] supports youth in your area through financial grants for education and employment expenses. Our grants contribute towards apprenticeships, traineeships, cadetships, diplomas, certificate level studies, university qualifications or employment’.
  • New !Learning for Life Program
    ‘The Smith Family’s Learning for Life program recognises that disadvantaged children need extra support to stay at school and go on to further studies or a job. Learning for Life helps create better futures for children in need by providing financial assistance’ and more.
  • New !Legacy
    ‘Legacy offers programs and services aimed at providing social, financial and developmental support for the partners and children of veterans who never made the journey home and others who returned bearing the physical and mental scars of war’.
  • Updated !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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Tertiary

In addition to the information supplied below, you should also check the Scholarships pages for information regarding scholarships, allowances and assistance from individual universities. Similarly, a number of colleges also have scholarships, allowances and assistance. Information can be found through individual College sites, and in several cases, the Scholarships link noted above. For state and territory government funding, refer to the individual states and territories above.

Australian Government Sites

  • New !ABSTUDY
    ‘A group of payments for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander students or apprentices. We’ve recently restructured our ABSTUDY content to group the information by types of students’ e.g. Secondary and primary students, Tertiary students and Australian Apprentices, ... . There are also a range of other ABSTUDY related payments and services. See the listing New !here.
  • Updated !Austudy
    ‘Financial help if you’re 25 or older and studying or an Australian Apprentice. Read the full conditions under New ! who can get it’.
  • 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.
  • New !JobSeeker Payment
    ‘Financial help while you are looking for work. It also supports you while you do activities that may increase your chances of finding a job, such as studying or training. To find out the full conditions and if this payment is right for you, read New !who can get it’.
  • New !Pensioner Education Supplement
    ‘A regular extra payment to help with study costs if you get certain income support from us’.
  • New !Relocation Scholarship
    ‘A once a year payment if you get ABSTUDY or Youth Allowance. You must also need to move to or from a regional or remote area for higher education study’.
  • New !Student Start-up Loan
    ‘A voluntary loan you can get up to twice a year if you’re an eligible higher education student’.
  • New !Trade Support Loans
    ‘To support Australian Apprentices to meet everyday costs while they undertake their training, eligible apprentices will be able to apply for Trade Support Loans. These loans provide up to $21 542 [for 2020-21] in total and are paid monthly in arrears’.
  • Updated !Youth Allowance
    ‘Financial help if you’re 24 or younger and a student or Australian Apprentice, or 21 or younger and looking for work’.
  • New !Youth Allowance for Students and Australian Apprentices
    ‘Financial help if you’re 24 or younger and a student or Australian Apprentice. Read the full conditions under New ! who can get it’.

HECS & HELP Assistance

  • FEE-HELP
    ‘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’. There are several exclusions linked to this, e.g. accommodation.
  • HECS-HELP
    What it was/is, eligibility, repayments, booklet, other information, more. Now found through Study Assist. There are several exclusions linked to this, e.g. accommodation.
  • Paying back Your Loan
    Directs you to a number of links to find precise information about this process.
  • Updated !OS-HELP loans and Study Overseas
    ‘A loan for students enrolled in a New !Commonwealth supported place [CSP] who want to study some of their course overseas. You cannot get OS-HELP if you are enrolled at, or your qualification will be awarded by, an overseas university or higher education provider. If you get OS-HELP, your provider will pay the loan amount directly to you. You can use it to pay for airfares, accommodation or other travel costs. You can get two OS-HELP loans over your lifetime, but they can’t be within the same six month period’.
  • Study and Training Support Loans
    Australian Taxation Office. ‘Types of loans; View your loan account online; When you must repay your loan; Compulsory repayments; Voluntary repayments; Overseas repayments; Deferring repayments; VET FEE-HELP Student Redress Measures; Study and training loans - what’s new’. Video also provided.
  • Updated !VET Student Loans
    Study Assist. ‘A loan scheme that assists eligible full fee paying students studying an approved vocational education and training [VET] qualification to pay their tuition fees’.

Post Graduate Assistance

  • Updated !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 Updated !University of New England.
  • See details for FEE-HELP above.

General Sites

  • New !Booktopia
    ‘The University Co-operative Bookshop Limited [also known as The Co-op] went into administration at the end of 2019, and Booktopia has been successful in our bid to acquire the business. You will still be able to find the widest possible range of textbooks online at Booktopia, at prices that are on average 10% lower than The Co-op’.
  • New !Student Discounts
    Be sure to enquire about student discounts. Many companies who are technology based [Apple, Microsoft, HP, Samsung, Vodafone, Lenovo, ...] offer specific student discounts especially, but not just specifically, for tertiary students. Many of these are quite significant. One set of examples can be found New !here.
  • Student VIP
    You need to join StudentVIP to access all areas. A portal offering numerous money saving processes including Textbookexchange, ‘Australia’s largest second hand textbook site. Save heaps off new text book prices’. Much more as well.

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