Correspondence site allowance
You may be able to get help with the cost of educating your child through a recognised Northern Territory correspondence or distance education school.
The correspondence site allowance is for students attending primary, middle or senior schools. There is a separate allowance for preschool correspondence students.
Who can apply
To be eligible you and your child must be permanent residents of the NT.
Your child must be attending one of the following schools:
- Alice Springs School of the Air
- Katherine School of the Air
- NT School of Distance Education.
Your child must also be approved for Distance Education Allowance under the Australian Government’s Assistance for Isolated Children (AIC) scheme.
Your child isn't eligible for the subsidy if they are receiving:
- ABSTUDY payments
- any other financial assistance that includes a travel component.
You can find out more about the AIC scheme and ABSTUDY on the Australian Government's Department of Human Services website.
If your child attends an interstate school
You can make a special application for benefits if your child attends an interstate correspondence school by contacting:
Department of Education
GPO Box 4821
Darwin NT 0801
How to apply
You need to submit a new application each year. The application is due by 30 September in the year that you will be making a claim.
To apply for the subsidy, fill in the application.
You must attach a copy of the student’s current AIC Basic Boarding Allowance statement.
If your application is approved you will be paid the allowance. You don't need to submit a separate claim form.
The amount you will be paid is based on the student correspondence site allowance unit for that school year.
The maximum amount for 2019 is $487.
Last updated: 25 June 2021
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