Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme
Minister for Government Services

Media release: Students and apprentices – Claim early for 2022

20 December 2021

Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC

Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme
Minister for Government Services

High school graduates looking to undertake further study or an apprenticeship are encouraged to get ready for 2022 by checking their eligibility and submitting their claims for Australian government support payments now.

Minister for Government Services Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC says Youth Allowance and ABSTUDY are the main payments available to students finishing year 12.

“These payments are designed to support students as they navigate their way out of high school and into the next chapter of their lives,” Minister Reynolds said.

“The easiest way for students to check their eligibility and to claim is using their Centrelink online account through myGov.

“Claiming early gives students the best chance of having their payment finalised before their course or apprenticeship starts.” Students from country areas may also be able to claim additional payments to assist with the costs of moving.

“Payments such as the Tertiary Access Payment, Relocation Scholarship and Rent Assistance provide additional support for students who need to move from regional areas to major cities to undertake further study,” Minister Reynolds said.

“Fares Allowance can also help with the costs of travel between the family home and university.”

Youth Allowance provides financial support for young people aged 24 and under who are studying an approved course or doing an apprenticeship.

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

Page last updated: 20 December 2021