Financial help for isolated students

Student travel scheme

You may be able to get financial help under the student travel scheme for your child to travel to and from school at the beginning and end of each semester or half semester if your child has to live away from home to attend school.

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Conditions

You may be eligible for reimbursement of travel costs from your child's main residence to the school for up to a maximum of four return fares per year.

Where no public transport is available, reimbursement may be made at the rate for the Conveyance subsidy scheme for transport by private vehicle between your child's main residence and boarding residence.

If charter flights are used in lieu of a private vehicle, the maximum allowance payable will generally be calculated as if a private vehicle were used for the journey. Any variation to this will be at the discretion of the chief executive.

Who can apply

You must comply with all of the following:

  • you and your child must live in the Northern Territory (NT) and your child must be approved for benefits under the Australian Government's Assistance for isolated children scheme (AIC), basic boarding allowance or second home allowance
  • your child must be enrolled in a NT primary, middle or senior school and must live away from his or her main residence in order to attend that school on a daily basis
  • you are not eligible for this allowance if you are receipt of ABSTUDY grants.

How to apply

Fill in the application.

Student assistance application (152.3 kb)
Student assistance application (78.5 kb)

A new application, accompanied by a copy of the current AIC approval letter and a statement detailing whether your child is receiving fares from any other source, must be submitted by you each year.

Travel costs will only be reimbursed after approval of an application and on submission of a claim form.

Applications must be submitted to the Department of Education by 30 September of each year for which claims are to be made.

Submit the application either by email, fax or post using the following details.

Student assistance officer
Financial Services Division
Department of Education

GPO Box 4821
Darwin NT 0801

studentassistance.det@nt.gov.au
Fax: 08 8901 4976

How to claim

Fill in the claim form.

Student travel scheme claim form (36.0 kb)
Student travel scheme claim form (61.5 kb)

The claim form must be accompanied by used tickets or with the electronic ticket receipt and boarding pass.

If travel is by private vehicle, attach a statement of distance travelled and a sketch map of the journey.

Claims must be submitted to the Department of Education by 31 March of the year following the travel.

Reimbursement will be made at student discount rates for the most direct and economical service and only after submission of an application form.

Submit the claim form either by email, fax or post using the following details.

Student assistance officer
Financial Services Division
Department of Education

GPO Box 4821
Darwin NT 0801

studentassistance.det@nt.gov.au
Fax: 08 8901 4976

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Last updated: 01 April 2019

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