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ABSTUDY Policy Manual

8 February 2016

Child Support Guide

Version 4.16 - Released 16 May 2016

Family Assistance Guide

Version 1.186 - Released 16 May 2016

Guide to Social Security Law

Version 1.221 - Released 16 May 2016

Guide to Aged Care Law

Version 1.10 - Released 16 May 2016

Paid Parental Leave Guide

Version 1.35 - Released 16 May 2016



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