For the purposes of Austudy, YA (full-time student) and PES, a recipient is undertaking 'qualifying study' if:
Act reference: SSAct section 569A Undertaking qualifying study (Austudy), section 541B Undertaking full-time study (YA), section 1061PB Undertaking qualifying study (PES)
For the purpose of YA (job seeker), an early school leaver is undertaking qualifying study if:
Act reference: SSAct section 544DA Youth Allowance Employment Pathway Plans-early school leavers
A person cannot be regarded as undertaking qualifying study if they:
Act reference: SSAct section 1061PB(2) Persons not undertaking qualifying study
For the purposes of FAA, a student is regarded as undertaking qualifying study if they are:
Act reference: SSAct section 19A Fares allowance definitions, section 1061ZAAA Qualification for fares allowance
YA (full-time student) is not available to students who are undertaking less than 75% of a full-time study-load as full-time students. However, FAA is available to such students, if they are assessed as unable to undertake any other activity in addition to their study.
Explanation: Most students who come within this category will be students with disabilities that do not qualify them for DSP. As a result they do not qualify for PES, but their disability sufficiently restricts the amount of study they are able to undertake, that imposing further activity test (1.1.A.40) requirements would compromise their study.
Example: Sue is a visually impaired student who is required to live away from home to study. She is receiving YA because her impairment is not severe enough to be granted DSP. Because of her impairment she is only able to undertake 25% of a full-time study-load. The time she requires for course preparation and assessment prohibits her from undertaking other activities such as job search and she is exempted from other activity test requirements. Under YA she is not regarded as a full-time student, because she is not undertaking 75% of the full-time study-load. However, because her only activity test requirement is study, she is eligible for FAA.
Last reviewed: 3 January 2012