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:
Doctorate studies, or Masters courses that are not specified in the Schedule 3 of the Determination are NOT approved courses for Austudy purposes.
Act reference: SSAct section 569 Activity test, section 569A Undertaking qualifying study, section 569B Approved course of education or study
Policy reference: SS Guide 220.127.116.11 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: 12 August 2013