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ABSTUDY workshops have been held regionally throughout Australia during 2019 to help boarding schools and residences develop a better understanding of ABSTUDY systems, ABSTUDY 2018 Budget measures, including Safe Travel Plans, and develop the knowledge and skill necessary to receive full ABSTUDY entitlements.

The 2019 Workshops help the schools attending identify around $2,000,000 in ABSTUDY payments they weren’t collecting. The workshops also resulted in better use of the new ABSTUDY travel provisions and parent engagement. Additionally many schools are now offering scholarships to Indigenous students that will trigger ABSTUDY payments. 

If you missed the workshops or just need a re-fresher there are a number of ABSTUDY resources available below. Tailored workshops are available for booking by contacting the CEO or calling 1300 378 416. 

All principals and deputies with leadership responsibility for Indigenous boarding, Heads of Boarding, as well as bursars, finance officers and other administrative staff with ABSTUDY responsibilities will benefit through through a better understanding of ABSTUDY and improve the outcomes of boarding students from Indigenous families.


ABSTUDY Policy Manual April 2019

  1. Background to ABSTUDY
  2. Setting Fees & ABSTUDY-Boarding Schools
  3. Setting Fees & ABSTUDY-stand alone Boarding Providers
  4. Tax File Number
  5. Post-secondary study
  6. Travel Overview
  7. Travel start and end study period
  8. Travel during the year
  9. Safe travel plan guidelines
  10. ABSTUDY Scholarships – Getting a scholarship approved for ABSTUDY purposes
  11. TFN Application

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