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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.


Allowances paid

The weekly rates for Student Allowance are based on personal and family circumstances of students (e.g. age of the student, income of the parent/s, dependents, and others).

Of the total number of students who received allowances from 1 January to 30 September 2019, a third (31.2 percent) were students with parental-income tested allowance, living away from home. This proportion was about the same level last year (31.1 percent), and slightly lower when compared with September 2017 (31.8 percent).

SA payments received

Number of recipients based on personal and family circumstances

Personal and family circumstances 1 January to 30 September Annual Change
2017 2018 2019 2017-2018 2018-2019
Students with parental-income tested allowance, living away from home 20,181 19,497 18,895 -3.4% -3.1%
Students with parental-income tested allowance, living at home 14,215 14,650 13,912 3.1% -5.0%
Single students living away from home 14,253 13,712 13,400 -3.8% -2.3%
Single students living at home 3,147 3,349 3,116 6.4% -7.0%
Single students, with child/children 5,274 5,442 5,072 3.2% -6.8%
Students in a relationship, no child 1,939 1,891 2,092 -2.5% 10.6%
Students in a relationship, with child/children 3,157 2,971 2,831 -5.9% -4.7%
Students in receipt of independent circumstances allowance 1,201 1,123 1,284 -6.5% 14.3%
Total number of Student Allowances recipients 63,367 62,635 60,602 -1.2% -3.2%

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