Services to students
Benefits available to students
Unemployment Benefit – Student Hardship
Unemployment Benefit – Student Hardship is paid weekly to help students meet living costs during their study breaks. The amounts paid depend on the students’ personal situations, such as age, living arrangements, income and assets.
To qualify for an Unemployment Benefit – Student Hardship, a student generally needs to be:
- aged 18 or over
- aged 16–17 and living with a partner, or
- aged 16–17 and approved for the Independent Circumstances Allowance administered by StudyLink.
All applicants for an Unemployment Benefit – Student Hardship generally need to:
- meet asset and residency tests
- actively seek full-time work during their study breaks
- register with Student Job Search or Work and Income as part of their search for work.
In addition, the applicant generally needs to:
- have received a Student Allowance during the academic year
- be entitled to receive a Student Allowance during the next academic year, or
- be suffering hardship.
For statistics about the use of Unemployment Benefit – Student Hardship, see ‘Other unemployment-associated benefits’.
The following supplementary assistance is available to students:
- Accommodation Supplement
- Student Allowance Transfer Grant
- Community Services Card
- Away from Home Allowance
- Training Incentive Allowance
- Working for Families Tax Credit
- Transition to Work Grant
- Disability Allowance
- Child Disability Allowance
- Childcare Subsidy and OSCAR Subsidy
- Emergency assistance (eg Temporary Additional Support, Special Needs Grant).