To satisfy the activity test (1.1.A.40) as a full-time student a young person must meet ALL of the following criteria:
Each of these is explained in other topics in this section.
Continuing students who are moving from one course to another, or who are on vacation from the course they are undertaking, can be regarded as full-time students if they were enrolled in a course and intend to enrol in the same, or another course when enrolments are next accepted (1.1.I.180). This also applies to students who were studying on a part-time basis in the previous study period and who intend to re-enrol on a full-time basis from the start of the next study period.
Unless there are special circumstances beyond the person's control, full-time students who discontinued halfway through their studies but intend to commence a new course in the next study period are not considered to be a continuing student and only qualify for payment of YA as a full-time student from the commencement of the new course.
Example: John has been found not undertaking full-time study-load. Contact is made with John and he advises that he intends to re-enrol and undertake full-time study in the next semester. John has chosen to withdraw from 2 subjects and there are no special circumstances that led to this decision. John is not considered a continuing student and any payments beyond the withdrawal date will be raised as an overpayment. At the end of the semester, John re-enrols on a full-time basis for the next semester. John may be considered as a full-time student for the vacation period before his full-time study period commences if his full-time enrolment for the next semester has been accepted.
For information on Honours courses, see 188.8.131.52.
Act reference: SSAct section 541B Undertaking full-time study
Policy reference: SS Guide 184.108.40.206 Approved Courses of Study for YA, 220.127.116.11 YA Study-load - Part-time Students, 18.104.22.168 YA Study-load - Full-time Secondary Students, 22.214.171.124 YA Study-load - Full-time Tertiary Students, 126.96.36.199 YA Full-time Students Satisfactory Progress, 188.8.131.52 YA Full-time Students Satisfactory Progress - Study at the Same Level
Last reviewed: 11 November 2013