It’s the end of the school year and that means students will be thinking about what they’re going to do in 2022. Services Australia is reminding First Nations families and school leavers to finalise their ABSTUDY claim before the start of next year.

ABSTUDY is a group of payments for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students that helps with the costs of studying or doing an Australian Apprenticeship.

The payments can help with school fees, boarding costs, travel to and from school, and other school items. If your child’s travel is impacted by COVID-19 or they need to study remotely, ABSTUDY might be able to help.

Chris Suey is an Indigenous Service Officer with Services Australia and said it’s important to get in early so you’re not waiting around for your payments after course’s start.

He recently sat down with NIRS News to discuss what government support is available for First Nations students and apprentices.

Indigenous Service Officer, Chris Suey