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Monday, 19 September 1994
Page: 943

(Question No. 1588)

Senator Margetts asked the Minister representing the Minister for Schools, Vocational Education and Training, upon notice, on 8 August 1994:

  With reference to the 1994-95 Budget changes to the Austudy personal income test from calendar year to financial year assessments:

  (1) If students have been studying part-time and working for the previous 6 months before moving to full-time study, will their income earned in this time be used to calculate their Austudy eligibility for the 1995 year of study.

  (2) If students are in their final year and have received Austudy for the entire calendar year, assuming that they are able to find employment after completion of their course, will they incur an overpayment at the end of their first six months of work and be required to pay back their last six months of Austudy.

Senator Schacht —The Minister for Schools, Vocational Education and Training has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

  (1) No, only income earned during the time that a student is eligible to receive AUSTUDY will be taken into account when applying the scheme's personal income test.

  (2) See part (1). Income that students earn after they stop being eligible for AUSTUDY will not be taken into account. Students as described will have their AUSTUDY entitlement for the latter half of 1995 (30 June to 31 December) based on their income for that same period.