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. Fares allowance (FAA) - description

Objective of FAA

FAA is paid to eligible tertiary students to cover travel costs associated with their study if they need to live away from home.

FAA covers the cost of travel for an eligible student from their permanent home to the institution at the beginning of the academic year and return at the completion of study for the year. One return journey during the year is available for some students. The cost of the cheapest practical mode of travel is covered.

How FAA is paid

FAA is paid as a lump sum payment with YA or Austudy.

Background information

FAA was paid under the former Austudy scheme.

Act reference: SSAct section 19A Fares allowance definitions, Part 2.26 Fares allowance

Policy reference: SS Guide Youth allowance (YA) - description, Austudy payment (Austudy) - description, 3.8.9 FAA - eligibility & payability

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