4.10.1.40 Historical Student Income Dependency Limits Since 1975

Student dependency limits from 1975 to 1995

Secondary students, aged 16 or 17, are considered dependent if their income does not exceed the limits shown in dollars per annum in the following table. The limits are changed annually by ad hoc decision.

Year Living at home Living away from home
1975 1,600.00 2,200.00
1979 1,800.00 2,600.00
1983 2,500.00 3,600.00
1984 2,600.00 3,750.00
1985 2,820.00 4,080.00
1986 2,950.00 4,300.00
1987 3,000.00 4,750.00
1988 3,150.00 4,750.00
1989 3,400.00 5,100.00
1990 3,650.00 5,500.00
1991 3,900.00 5,900.00
1992 4,050.00 6,150.00
1993 4,100.00 6,200.00
1994 4,200.00 6,300.00
1995 6,073.60 6,500.00

Act reference: SSAct section 8(1)-'income'

Student dependency limits since 1996

The following table gives information relating to income limit per annum for dependent students aged 16 to 21.

Year Income limit per annum
1996 6,691.00
1997 6,898.40
1998 6,919.10
1999 6,967.55
2000 7,044.20
2001 7,269.60
2002 7,706.20
2003 7,921.95
2004 8,135.85
2005 8,339.25
2006 8,547.75
2007 8,889.65
2008 9,076.30
2009 9,484.80
2010 9,627.05
2011 9,925.50
2012 10,282.80
2013 10,406.20
2014 10,655.95
2015 10,975.65
2016 11,140.30
2017 11,251.70
2018 11,465.50
2019 11,706.30
Last reviewed: 2 January 2019