Fares Allowance Claim
Purpose of this form This form is to claim for the cost of journeys you have already completed.
Claims must be lodged before 1 April in the year following the year of study.
A student is eligible for reimbursement of fares allowance if:
• Fares Allowance entitlement has been established,
• the travel has been paid for and undertaken, and
• proof of travel has been provided.
For more information Call Centrelink on 13 2317, visit your local Centrelink Customer Service Centre or go to
our website at www.centrelink.gov.au
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Fares Allowance Fares Allowance entitlement is usually based on the cost of the cheapest practicable mode
of public transport available. This is regardless of the mode of travel used by the student.
Additional costs for taking an indirect route or for breaking the journey unnecessarily are
not included. Entitlement will be assessed at concessional rates if the student qualifies to
travel at that fare.
Exceptions that would entitle students to the next cheapest mode of travel would include
• the student is unable because of illness or incapacity to travel by a cheaper means of
• a journey by bus would exceed 18 hours (including waiting time between connections), or
• a journey by train would exceed 36 hours (including waiting time between connections).
This does not apply to school students who can be approved for airfares where travel by
surface public transport takes longer than eight hours.
The cost of a sleeping berth (where available) may be included in the cost of economy rail
travel where it is not possible for the journey to be made by day. A student will not be entitled
to fares allowance at the level covering economy air travel or rail fare with sleeping berth
simply because he/she cannot secure a booking at the desired time.
Where public transport is not available, a per kilometre rate is payable. For travel by private
car, the rate varies according to the engine type and capacity. Actual cost may be payable
where other types of transport are used such as ferries or taxis.
Travel by private vehicle for a journey or part of a journey for which public transport is
available will attract the standard rate of Fares Allowance entitlement, i.e. the cost of bus
or economy rail (including concessional rate, if applicable).
Payment Payment will be made to the account given on your ABSTUDY claim.
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1 Your name 6 Did you use private transport for a journey where no public
Mr Mrs Miss Ms Other transport was available?
No Go to next question
Yes Give details below
Engine capacity (in cubic centimetres)
First given name Non-rotary engine Rotary engine
Second given name Make and model of vehicle
Name of owner of this vehicle
2 Your date of birth
/ / Number of kilometres travelled
3 Your permanent address
7 Can you attached tickets/dockets/receipts/ticket stubs or other
evidence which give full details of the journey(s) you are
Postcode claiming for reimbursment of Fares Allowance?
No Explain why you cannot attach evidence
4 Your current term address
5 Travel details
1 Travel from
Travel to Yes Attach evidence of all journeys you are claiming
for reimbursment of Fares Allowance.
Date(s) of travel
8 Student’s statement
/ / to / /
I declare that:
Method of travel • the information provided in this form is complete and
I understand that:
Cost of travel
• giving false or misleading information is a serious offence.
$ • Centrelink can make relevant enquiries to ensure I receive
the correct entitlement.
2 Travel from • personal information is protected by law. Centrelink can give
your information to someone else in special circumstances
where Commonwealth legislation allows or requires or
where you give permission. You can get more information
Travel to from the fact sheet called Your Right to Privacy.
Date(s) of travel
/ / to / / ✍
Method of travel
Cost of travel
OFFICE USE Customer Reference Number
If you are applying for reimbursement of more than 2 journeys, . Authorised
attach a separate sheet with details. Amount
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