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Important reminder for Indigenous students

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MEDIA RELEASE SENATOR KIM CARR Minister for Human Services  

Monday, 16 July 2012


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who may be eligible for help with the cost of study or training are encouraged to contact Centrelink heading into the new school term.

Minister for Human Services, Senator Kim Carr said ABSTUDY can help full-time apprentices, secondary school, TAFE and university students with everyday costs.

“ABSTUDY can assist with living expenses such as accommodation, prescription medicines and fares to travel to your place of study each term or semester if you need to study away from home,” said Senator Kim Carr said.

Indigenous parents in remote communities whose children are attending boarding school in semester two this year are urged to confirm enrolments, check travel arrangements, and let Centrelink know - this way they can ensure they receive the right assistance.

Parents and guardians should also finalise new claims for ABSTUDY now where students are about to begin their studies in a mid-year intake.

People can complete the claim process by calling Centrelink on 13 2317 or by visiting their local Service Centre.

Applicants will receive a letter advising whether claims are successful, when payment starts and the amount that will be paid.

Students already receiving ABSTUDY are not required to complete a new claim for the second semester of 2012.

For more information on ABSTUDY call 13 2317 or the Indigenous Call Centre on 13 6380.

Media contacts: Minister’s Office, 02 6277 7200.