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Student Allowances January - September 2019

For this report, a student is defined as a person who received at least one payment from StudyLink in the calendar year, up to the end of the specified reporting month. The data in this report are cumulative calendar year-to-date figures. All percentages are computed using actual data and rounded to the nearest one decimal point. Total percentages may not add up to exactly 100 percent because of rounding effects. The last three years of data and annual comparisons are presented in summary tables, earlier figures are included in the downloadable spreadsheets.


Student Allowances

During the first nine months of 2019, there were 60,602 students who received Student Allowance and Accommodation Benefit (a decrease of 3.2 percent from the same time last year) under the Student Allowances Scheme.

The total amount of $454,759,351 was paid for Student Allowance and Accommodation Benefit from 1 January to 30 September 2019. This was a slight decrease of 1.1 percent compared with September 2018.

From January to September 2019, students received Student Allowance of $6,434 on average. This was $1,497 more than the average payment received from January to September 2017 (up by 30.3 percent), before the policy changes in 2018.

Students who were entitled to Accommodation Benefit received $1,602 on average, an additional $532, (up by 49.7 percent) compared with the average amount from January to September 2017, before the policy changes in 2018.

Figure 1 presents the total number of students, and total amount paid for Student Allowance and Accommodation Benefit. Figure 2 shows the amount, on average, for Student Allowance and Accommodation Benefit.

SA number and amount
SA_Average amount

Number of recipients, amounts paid, and average amount paid for Student Allowance and Accommodation Benefit

Allowance 1 January to 30 September Annual Change
2017 2018 2019 2017-18 2018-19
Student Allowance 63,365 62,633 60,599 -1.2% -3.2%
Accommodation Benefit 42,901 41,405 40,501 -3.5% -2.2%
Total number of student allowances recipients 63,367 62,635 60,602 -1.2% -3.2%
Amount paid for Student Allowance $312,815,875 $398,886,860 $389,888,121 27.5% -2.3%
Amount paid for Accommodation Benefit $45,914,301 $60,997,221 $64,871,230 32.9% 6.4%
Total amount paid $358,730,176 $459,884,081 $454,759,351 28.2% -1.1%
Average Student Allowance $4,937 $6,369 $6,434 29.0% 1.0%
Average Accommodation Benefit $1,070 $1,473 $1,602 37.7% 8.8%

Note: Amounts are rounded to the nearest dollar.


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