Financial help for isolated students

Tertiary fares reimbursement scheme

Your child may qualify for the tertiary fares reimbursement scheme if they do not have a salary and do not qualify for other travel assistance including assistance provided through Youth Allowance, Austudy payments or ABSTUDY.

There are two schemes with differing conditions:

  • tertiary fares reimbursement scheme - within the Northern Territory (NT)
  • tertiary fares reimbursement scheme - interstate.
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Your child must move from their main residence in order to undertake full-time tertiary studies at an institution elsewhere in the Territory.

You are entitled to claim for up to a maximum of three return fares per year for your child to travel to and from their main residence in the NT to the centre where the institution is located.

Your child must have moved from your main residence to undertake full-time tertiary studies or university-level first award courses interstate in a field of study which:

  • is considered to be a priority field of study
  • is not available in any form at the same level at the Charles Darwin University (CDU) or at any other registered training authority in the NT.

You are entitled to claim up to a maximum of two return fares per year for your child to travel to and from their main place of residence in the NT to the centre where the institution is located.

Priority fields for interstate study

Read more about the Northern Territory skilled occupation priority list which is used to determine priority fields of study.

To apply you must meet all of the following:

  • your child must move from their principal centre of residence in order to undertake full time tertiary studies at an institution either within the NT or interstate
  • your child does not receive an income (salary or wage) on a full-time basis
  • your child must be studying full time and proof of enrolment must be provided
  • your child must be classified as dependent or independent under the conditions of the Australian Government's Youth Allowance scheme
  • if your child is a dependent student, you must reside in the NT
  • if your child is independent they must provide proof of residence of at least three years in the NT. Their legally recognised dependents must also reside within the Territory
  • if travelling interstate:
    • your child must be enrolled in a field of study that is considered to be a priority that is not available in any form at the same level at CDU or at any other registered training organisation
    • the course must lead to an award that is recognised by most institutions as sufficient for entry to further study in the same field or specialised employment in that field
    • It must be necessary for your child to move away from your main residence in order to undertake the nominated course.
  • your child must be studying for a first award in a course at a tertiary institution both of which are recognised by the Australian Government Centrelink for the purpose of fares assistance
  • if your child have previously studied an employment and training course of one year or less, or studied more than ten years ago you can still apply
  • your child may not apply if you already receive any of the following financial assistance which includes a travel component:
    • cadetship
    • scholarship
    • entitlement
    • award
    • allowance
    • other similar assistance.
  • if your child alters their course a new application must be submitted
  • benefits will only be payable for four years unless the degree is longer than four years duration.

For both NT and interstate fill in the application.

NT tertiary fare reimbursement scheme application PDF (177.3 KB)
NT tertiary fare reimbursement scheme application DOCX (111.0 KB)

Applications must be submitted to the department 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

A new application must be submitted each year.

Your application must be approved by the Department of Education.

For both NT and interstate fill in the claim form below.

NT tertiary fare reimbursement scheme claim form PDF (179.2 KB)
NT tertiary fare reimbursement scheme claim form DOC (111.0 KB)

Each claim must be accompanied by notification of the your child's most recent results.

Continuation of benefits will depend on satisfactory academic progress in the specified time.

Claims will not be approved until you can demonstrate satisfactory academic progress.

Appeals can be lodged with the chief executive, Department of Education.

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

Submit the application 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: 23 August 2019

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