The State Government through the Western Australian Department of Education provides an allowance to assist eligible families with secondary schooling costs. The ABSTUDY Supplement Allowance is available to valid Services Australia (Centrelink) card holders, this funding supplements the Centrelink ABSTUDY Fees Allowance payment. Parents/guardians must apply for the Secondary Assistance Scheme (SAS) each school year (annually) – applications do not carry forward to future years.
To be eligible for the supplement allowance, the parent/guardian must hold a Centrelink or Veterans’ Affairs card that represents a statement of income for the family. Furthermore, the school or parent must have received the School Fee Allowance of $78 or $156 from the Centrelink as part of the student’s ABSTUDY School Fees Allowance.
The Department of Education ABSTUDY Supplement Allowance consists of $79 Education Program Allowance paid directly to the school.
Please note that the Secondary Assistance Scheme cannot be claimed as well as this allowance. Application is made by the parent or guardian for student(s) enrolled in Years 7–12, studying a full time secondary course at a Western Australian public school.