The Guides to Social Policy Law is a collection of publications designed to assist decision makers administering social policy law. The information contained in this publication is intended only as a guide to relevant legislation/policy. The information is accurate as at the date listed at the bottom of the page, but may be subject to change. To discuss individual circumstances please contact Services Australia.

1.1.L.30 Late starting course (YA, Austudy, PES)


For the purposes of YA, Austudy, and PES, a late starting course is:

  • a course of education that

    • lasts more than 30 weeks, including vacations, AND
    • starts on or after 1 April but before 1 July, or
    • starts after 31 July


  • an articulated short course sequence whose

    • length of courses (including vacations) add up to more than 30 weeks, AND
    • first course starts on or after 1 April but before 1 July, or
    • first course starts after 31 July.

Act reference: SSAct section 23(10D)-'late starting course', section 23(10E)-'articulated short course sequence', section 23(10F)-'articulated short course'

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