During these uncertain times, many education providers have changed the way they’re delivering courses. This has left many of you with questions, including some about allowable time. We’re here to help.
What is allowable time?
Allowable time is how long you can get Youth Allowance or Austudy while you’re studying. It’s based on the minimum amount of time it would take to complete your course as a full time student.
If you’re a student getting ABSTUDY you have access to reasonable time.
How do you work out allowable time?
Allowable time depends on the course you’re doing. We base it on the minimum time it normally takes to complete the course full time. We then add in some extra time – because we know things crop up. The amount of extra time included in your allowable time depends on your course.
For example, 18-year-old David is studying Graphic Design at TAFE. It’s a 3-year course and at least 1 of his subjects is a year long. This means his allowable time would be 3 years plus 1 year, equalling 4 years.
If all his subjects were semester-long subjects, the allowable time would be 3 years and 1 semester.
Is previous study counted in my allowable time?
We count previous study in your allowable time if it’s at the same level as the course you’re doing now. We’ll usually count previous study, even if you weren’t getting a payment at that time.
There are exceptions and extensions to how we count previous study as allowable time.
You should check with us if allowable time will impact you if you do any of these things:
- change courses
- take longer to complete your course
- change from a bachelors degree to a masters.
Your payment will stop if you run out of allowable time. Your online account won’t notify you if you’re running low on allowable time. It’s something you need to keep in mind yourself.
What do I do if my course has changed and I’m running out of allowable time?
If your course or your study load has changed, you’ll need to tell us. Let us know about any changes within 14 days. In some instances, we may be able to extend your allowable time.
For example, many practical placements have been cancelled due to coronavirus. This is due to circumstances beyond your control so you can ask us for more time.
To keep getting your payment, you’ll need to show both that:
- you had something exceptional that stopped you completing your study within the allowable time
- you’re making satisfactory progress in your course based on your situation.
To ask us to extend your allowable time, call us on the students line.
Learn more about allowable time for study.
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