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									Pensioner Education Supplement
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Helping you achieve work through study 4
What is Pensioner Education Supplement?              4
Who can get Pensioner Education Supplement? 4
How much can I get?           7
How much study do I need to do to qualify?           8
How long can I get Pensioner Education Supplement?           9
When can I start getting Pensioner Education Supplement?            11
Do I need to prove that I am enrolled as a student?          12
Centrelink Self Service       13
How to find out more          14


Helping you achieve work through study
Pensioner Education Supplement is designed to assist people to improve their chances of finding a job through
study.

What is Pensioner Education Supplement?
Pensioner Education Supplement is a fortnightly payment from Centrelink to help some students with ongoing
study  costs.

Who can get Pensioner Education Supplement?
You may qualify for Pensioner Education Supplement if you are studying and receive one of the following:
• Parenting Payment (Single)
• Disability Support Pension
• Carer Payment
• Special Benefit—if you are a sole parent and meet the supplement’s two-year newly arrived resident’s waiting
  period—for more information on the two-year waiting period, see the Recently moved to Australia? booklet
• Widow Allowance or Widow B Pension
• Wife Pension—if you are undertaking full-time study and if your partner receives Disability Support Pension
• Newstart Allowance/Youth Allowance—if you are a single principal carer with dependent child/ren and you were
  previously receiving the Pensioner Education Supplement whilst on Parenting Payment (Single), you may continue
  to receive Pensioner Education Supplement for the remainder of your course
• If you were granted Disability Support Pension between 11 May 2005 and 30  June 2006 and, on or after 1
  July 2006 transferred to Newstart Allowance, Parenting Payment (Partnered) or Youth Allowance (job
  seeker), you may retain entitlement to Pensioner Education Supplement while continuing in the same course
  of study.
Payment of the supplement on Newstart Allowance or Youth Allowance also applies to ABSTUDY Pensioner
Education Supplement.
To be eligible for the Pensioner Education Supplement you must be enrolled in an approved course.
A course is approved by state or territory education and training authorities and then by the Australian
Government Minister for Education, Employment and Training.
Note: qualification for the Pensioner Education Supplement is not based solely on the information in this brochure.
An assessment of your personal circumstances will be taken into consideration. You should speak to Centrelink on
13 2490 to discuss your qualification for the Pensioner Education Supplement. Some Veterans’ Affairs pensioners
and payment recipients may also qualify—for more information phone 13 2490, or visit www.centrelink.gov.au
If you are an Aboriginal or a Torres Strait Islander, you may be able to receive the ABSTUDY Pensioner Education
Supplement—for more information ask at a Centrelink Customer Service Centre, phone 13 2317, or visit
www.centrelink.gov.au

How much can I get?
Pensioner Education Supplement is paid at two rates. How much you receive depends on your study load and
the payment you are on from Centrelink or Veterans’ Affairs.
The two payment rates are:
• $62.40 per fortnight, if:
  – you are a full-time student or your approved study load is 50 per cent or more of a full time study load
  – you are a Disability Support Pensioner or an Invalidity Service Pensioner with an approved study load of at
     least 25 per cent, or
  – you receive a Veterans’ Affairs Invalidity Income Support Supplement and have an approved study load of
     at least 25 per cent.
• $31.20 per fortnight, if:
  – your approved part-time study load is less than 50 per cent but at least 25 per cent of a full-time study
     load—unless you are on Disability Support Pension or a similar Veterans’ Affairs pension or payment (see
     above)—for more information, phone 13 2490.
Pensioner Education Supplement is not taxed and is paid over holidays if you continue with your studies.
Note: you may also be able to receive an Education Entry Payment. This is a one-off payment of $208 to help
you with the up-front costs of taking up study. For more information phone 13 2490.

How much study do I need to do to qualify?
To receive Pensioner Education Supplement, you must be enrolled in and undertaking an approved course of
secondary or tertiary study. You must also be receiving a payment listed on page 4.
To qualify for the part rate of payment (that is the payment you would receive if you were considered to be a
part-time student) you must be undertaking at least 25 per cent of the normal full-time study load for your
course.
To receive the full rate of payment (that is the payment you would receive if you were considered a full-time
student) you must be studying full-time—that is, at least 75 per cent of the full-time study load or qualify for
the 66 per cent study load concession.
You may also be considered a full-time student if your minimum workload is reduced to at least 66 per cent of
the normal full-time workload (that is, a ―concessional‖ study workload) because of:
• the institution’s normal requirements for the course, or
• a specific direction in writing from your Deputy Principal, Academic Registrar or equivalent officer, or
• a written recommendation from your Deputy Principal, Academic Registrar or equivalent officer for
  academic or vocational reasons.
If you have a disability you may qualify for the 25 per cent study load concession, which means you are eligible
for the full-time rate of payment as long as you are studying a minimum of 25 per cent of the normal full-time
study load for your course.
Note: you must tell Centrelink within 14 days if your circumstances change, especially if you change your
course study load or you stop studying.
How long can I get Pensioner Education Supplement?
Your study load can affect the length of time that you can receive Pensioner Education Supplement.

For secondary students
Secondary students (full-time or part-time) can usually receive the supplement if they are making satisfactory
progress towards finishing their course. However, the supplement normally stops after two years full-time study
at Year   12   level.

For tertiary students
Part-time study load students can usually get the supplement for twice the minimum period it takes to finish
their course as a full-time student.
Full-time and 66 per cent ‖concessional‖ study load students can usually receive the supplement for the
minimum period it takes to finish their course as a full-time student, plus one semester or year (depending on
whether the subjects are semester or yearly based).
Note: Previous study at the same academic level may reduce the time tertiary students can receive the
supplement. In   some cases, personal and study circumstances can affect the amount of previous secondary or
tertiary study taken into   account.

When can I start getting Pensioner Education Supplement?
Usually, you get paid when your study starts.
In some cases, your payment can be backdated. Your claim must be lodged:
• before 31 March (for semester one) for full-year study, or
• before 31 July (for semester two) for full-year study, or
• within four weeks of either commencing study or otherwise becoming qualified for Pensioner Education
   Supplement.
You can register an intent to claim the Pensioner Education Supplement. If you are studying or intending to
study, you should register an intent to claim Pensioner Education Supplement and lodge a claim within 14 days.
Telephone 13 2490, or get someone else to call Centrelink for you, so you can register your intent to claim as
soon as possible. You can also register by visiting any Centrelink Customer Service Centre.
Centrelink can tell you when your intent to claim must be registered by in order to have Pensioner Education
Supplement backdated.
If you are waiting for approval of a pension or payment from Centrelink or the Department of Veterans’ Affairs
that is a requirement to qualify for Pensioner Education Supplement, your claim for Pensioner Education
Supplement may be rejected. If it is rejected you should contact Centrelink within 13 weeks of the rejection to
ensure the supplement can be backdated when the pension or payment is approved.
If you are applying for ABSTUDY Pensioner Education Supplement and you have provided information to
Centrelink in the past, you can now claim for assistance through a new simplified claiming process that re-uses
customer data already held by Centrelink to commence a claim. Through this process, Centrelink Customer
Service Advisers will interview you during a phone conversation and you do not have to lodge a paper
ABSTUDY claim form.

Do I need to prove that I am enrolled as a student?
When you claim Pensioner Education Supplement, you will need to show Centrelink proof from the institution
where you are going to study that you are enrolled as a student. This   includes:
• the name and address of the educational institution
• your student ID number
• the full name of the course you are studying (for example, Bachelor of Arts, Certificate III in Hospitality or
  Year 12), and
• the subjects, contact hours or Equivalent Full Time Student Load of your course.
Note: proof of enrolment is not required for secondary school students.
For information about how to claim a payment from Centrelink, see the Studying or training? booklet.

Centrelink Self Service
A growing number of Centrelink services are available through online and phone self services. Centrelink’s
secure online services put convenience in your hands while protecting your privacy. The phone service uses
interactive voice response technology to give you more control over your information—day or night.
Self Service is about making it easy to access and provide information to Centrelink when and where it suits
you.

Registering on the web
To register on the web, follow the prompts on the ―online services‖ page at www.centrelink.gov.au

Registering by phone
To register by phone, call Centrelink on the number listed below that is most relevant to you: Youth and
Students13 2490 For information in languages other than English            13 1202
    if you are a customer who uses the TTY service Freecall™ 1800 810 586, you will not have access to the
Note:
phone self service system. You may choose to access self service using the web.

Registering in person
To register in person, simply ask at your local Centrelink Customer Service Centre.

How to find out more
Pensioner Education Supplement                                                    13 2490
To speak to Centrelink in languages other than English                            13 1202
Customer RelationsFreecall™1800 050 004 (for complaints, compliments and suggestions)
Australian Government Services Fraud Tip-off Line                                 13 1524
TTY* enquiriesFreecall™ 1800 810 586 *TTY is only for people who are deaf or have a hearing or speech
impairment. A TTY phone is required to use this  service.
Go to our website at www.centrelink.gov.au
Check the ―we speak your language‖ link on Centrelink’s website for information in languages other than
English.
Note: calls from your home phone to Centrelink ―13‖ numbers from anywhere in Australia are charged at a
fixed rate. That rate may vary from the price of a local call and may also vary between telephone service
providers. Calls to ―1800‖ numbers from your home phone are free. Calls from public and mobile phones may
be timed and charged at a higher rate.

Disclaimer
The information contained in this publication is intended only as a guide to payments available.
What are your responsibilities?
• It is your responsibility to decide if you wish to apply for a payment and to make the application, having
  regard to your particular circumstances.
• The information is accurate as at July 2009, but may of course change. If you use this publication after that
  date, please check with Centrelink that the details are up to date.
From what date are benefits payable?
Most government payments are paid from, or after, the date on which the application is made. So the sooner
you lodge your application, the quicker you may be paid.
What is the position if you deal with a third party?
You may deal with a third party who is not a member of Centrelink’s staff. If you do so, please remember that
Centrelink has not authorised any third parties to provide information or advice to you about payments.
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