This topic discusses the following issues relating to approved courses of study for Austudy:
Approved courses of study for Austudy purposes are those listed in the Ministerial Determination of Education Institutions and Courses. These include:
Mainstream Doctorate studies, or a qualification of the same standing or Masters courses that are not specified in the Schedule 3 of the Determination are NOT approved courses for Austudy purposes.
Exception: Part of the following courses CAN be approved, as described:
Eligible students qualify for Austudy during years 1-4 of the courses, however, they MUST meet the usual Austudy qualification requirements, including workload, to be considered a full-time student in years 1-4.
As the 5th and 6th years of these courses are considered to be unapproved Masters study, students who continue past year 4 will NOT satisfy the activity test.
An additional period of assistance under the allowable time rules is available to students who do NOT proceed to years 5 and 6 of the course, but instead, transfer into an undergraduate level, or an approved Masters course.
Where a student is enrolled in and undertaking a non-approved course (e.g. an unapproved Masters degree course) which has a 'nested' degree structure that allows the student to exit the course early and be granted a lower level award (e.g. a graduate diploma) the student is generally eligible for Austudy while completing the units required for the lower level award.
Act reference: SSAct section 569 Activity test, section 569A Undertaking qualifying study, section 569B Approved course of education or study
Policy reference: SS Guide 184.108.40.206 Austudy & Impact of Previous Study
Individuals CANNOT satisfy the activity test as a full-time student if they have already completed a course leading to a Doctorate degree or a qualification of the same standing. This includes:
Refer to precedent cases and/or the Compendium of Overseas Qualifications to determine whether an overseas qualification is at a Doctorate level. Where doubt exists, consult the Australia Education International - NOOSR (AEI-NOOSR).
Last reviewed: 5 September 2011