Media Release by The Hon Stuart Robert MP

Students and apprentices urged to claim for 2021

Following a difficult 2020 aspiring students and apprentices are encouraged to make the most of the Morrison Government’s supports in 2021 and claim for Youth Allowance, ABSTUDY or Austudy now.

Minister for Government Services Stuart Robert said these payments help support students and apprentices as they work towards their study and career goals.

‘It has been truly inspirational to see the class of 2020 rise to the challenge and now we are encouraging you to claim early to give you more time to prepare for the next exciting chapter in your life,’ Minister Robert said.

‘It has never been easier to claim online so I would encourage all those young Australians pursing their aspirations through further study to lodge a claim for Youth Allowance, ABSTUDY or Austudy up to 13 weeks before your course or apprenticeship begins.’

Students who need to relocate to study may get a higher rate of Youth Allowance or ABSTUDY and may also be eligible for the Relocation Scholarship.

The new $5000 Tertiary Access Payment is also available to eligible students who recently finished year 12 and are moving from outer regional or remote Australia to begin tertiary study in 2021.

Youth Allowance provides financial support for young people aged 24 and under who are studying an approved course or doing an apprenticeship, and Austudy is for those 25 years and over.

ABSTUDY helps Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians while they undertake study or training.

For more information about payments and services for students and Australian Apprentices, visit