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Abstudy is the Aboriginal Study Assistance Scheme.

Abstudy payment consists of a fortnightly living allowance as well as additional components to help with the costs associated with attending university.


You must meet three main conditions to receive Abstudy:

  1. Aboriginality
    You must be an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person. For ABSTUDY, an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander is someone who is of Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent; and identifies as an Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander; and is accepted as such by the community in which she/he lives or has lived.
  2. Studying an approved program
    You must be enrolled in and studying an approved program to receive ABSTUDY. All Wirltu Yarlu, CASM and the University of Adelaide programs are approved ABSTUDY programs.
  3. Not receiving any other government assistance to study
    You cannot receive other government payments while you receive ABSTUDY, except if you are a pensioner. There are exceptions for some scholarships so see a Wirltu Yarlu Student Support Officer for details.

If you are proposing to receive other assistance for training and education and need advice about ABSTUDY entitlements, contact Centrelink. They can help you decide which payment will benefit you the most.

ABSTUDY Services

Living Allowance is for full-time students. The living allowance rate varies depending on whether ABSTUDY considers you to be a dependant or independent student.

Incidentals Allowance helps pay for books and student union fees at the beginning of the year.

Fares Allowance may be paid to help students travel between their permanent home and place of study.

Rent Assistance is to help with the cost of accommodation when studying.

Further Information

More information about ABSTUDY can be found at

Wirltu Yarlu Student Support:
Phone: (08) 8313 3623; Fax: (08) 8313 4396
Freecall Wirltu Yarlu:
Phone: 1800 651 763; Fax: 1800 359 573

Wirltu Yarlu

Schulz Building


T: +61 8 8313 3623
(Country and interstate callers tollfree on 1800 651 763)
F: +61 8 8313 4396

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