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. Education entry payment (EdEP) - description

Objective of EdEP

EdEP is paid to recipients of certain social security payments under SSAct section 23(1) to assist with up-front costs of education and training. Notwithstanding the policy intent of EdEP, the recipient has absolute discretion as to how they spend the EdEP.

The qualification rules depend on the type of payment being received. An EdEP payment may be paid each calendar year depending on the type of payment being received if the person is still studying. The rate of EdEP payable depends on the study load undertaken by the person.

How EdEP is paid

EdEP is paid as a lump sum. Recipients of the following payments may qualify for an EdEP:

  • jobseeker payment
  • parenting payment (single)
  • parenting payment (partnered)
  • disability support pension
  • carer payment, and
  • SpB, if the recipient is a sole parent and not residentially qualified for PP.

Act reference: SSAct Part 2.13A Education entry payment

Policy reference: SS Guide 3.8.6 EdEP - qualification & payability, EdEP - current rate

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