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You may be able to get income support payments if you are undertaking a full-time Australian apprenticeship or traineeship.

Income support and other help

If you are an eligible full-time Australian apprentice or trainee, income support payments are available to help cover living costs while you train, including:

  • ABSTUDY - help with costs if you are an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australian who is undertaking an Australian apprenticeship or studying.
  • Austudy - provides financial support if you are aged 25 years or more and a full-time student, apprentice or trainee. If you qualify for Austudy, you may also be able to get Rent Assistance or other benefits.
  • Youth Allowance – financial help if you are under 25 years or age and undertaking a full-time Australian apprenticeship, studying full-time, training, looking for work, or sick.

If you receive an income support payment you may be able to use Income Bank to build up income credits against any income you earn above the fortnightly income-free area. You may also be able to get Fares Allowance to help with the cost of travelling from your home to your place of study.

If you are ill, injured or have a disability

If you cannot meet your obligations as an apprentice or trainee because you have a short-term illness or are injured, you may still be able to get financial support during this time.

Eligible apprentices and trainees who have a disability can get extra support. If you are a young person who has a physical, intellectual or psychiatric disability and you get certain income support payments, you may be able to get the Youth Disability Supplement.

Additional resources

  • Call 133 873 to find your nearest Australian Apprenticeship Centre.
  • Refer to the Australian Apprenticeships website.
  • Call 131 202 for the Centrelink AUSLAN service.
  • Call the free Centrelink TTY service on FreeCALL™1800 810 586 if you have a hearing or speech impairment.