All undergraduate courses at the University of Melbourne are approved for Centrelink study payments.
Unless a workload concession applies, students are required to maintain a full time workload to receive a Centrelink study payment.
Workload concessions - Youth Allowance and Austudy Payment
There are several concessions available for students who are unable to undertake a full time workload.
Normally, you can only get Youth Allowance or Austudy Payment if, at the start of the year, you haven't studied for longer than the normal minimum duration of your current course plus a semester.
Centrelink takes into account any previous study you have already attempted at the same level as your current course. There are different rules for the length of time you are allowed to study depending on whether you are a Youth Allowance or Austudy recipient. There are a number of concessions to these rules, so check before commencing your course with Centrelink or Student Financial Aid.
Not all Masters courses have been approved for Youth Allowance and Austudy payments.
A list of courses currently approved for a study payment at the University of Melbourne are listed in the Student Assistance (Education Institutions and Courses) Determination 2019. Please check this list before you commencing your studies.
Please note that rules around 'nested content', which allowed students to study an unapproved Masters course for the period it took to complete a graduate diploma (if included in the course structure), have been removed. These students must now be enrolled in the lower level course to receive a study payment.
All Masters and PhD courses have been approved for Abstudy.
It is not possible to receive Austudy Payment or Youth Allowance to study a PhD course. If you have already completed a PhD then you are ineligible for an Austudy payment in a subsequent course. If the PhD was incomplete or it was completed overseas and is not equivalent to an Australian Masters or PhD, then it may be disregarded.
Centrelink considers that there are four levels of study. The four levels are TAFE certificate courses; Associate Diplomas; undergraduate courses; and postgraduate courses below the level of Masters. With Austudy payment a student can only get payment to do one course from each level in any order. Youth Allowance currently has no restrictions on studying a second course at the same level.
Please note that some courses offered by the University, despite including the word 'Doctor' in their title, remain Masters level courses.