Correspondence site allowance for primary to senior school students

If your child goes to a recognised correspondence or distance education school in Northern Territory (NT), you can get help with the cost of their education.

The correspondence site allowance is for students attending primary, middle or senior schools.

There's a separate correspondence site allowance for preschool 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're receiving:

  • ABSTUDY payments
  • any other financial assistance that includes a travel component.

Go to the Australian Government's Department of Human Services website for more information about the AIC scheme and ABSTUDY.

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:

Assistant director
Corporate Support
Department of Education
GPO Box 4821
Darwin NT 0801

How much you can get

The amount you will be paid is based on the student correspondence site allowance unit for that school year.

The current maximum amount is $493.

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.

Student assistance application PDF (723.6 KB)
Student assistance application DOCX (153.9 KB)

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.


Submit your application either by email, fax or post using the following contact details:

Student assistance officer
Corporate Support
Department of Education

GPO Box 4821
Darwin NT 0801

Phone: 1800 019 157 or 08 8901 4965
Fax: 08 8901 4976

Last updated: 30 September 2022

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