22.214.171.124 Payment of FAA
FAA cannot be paid unless YA, Austudy or PES was received at the time of the journey. Consequently, if a student is serving a waiting period or non-payment period, they would not be RECEIVING the payment and FAA would not be payable. If a person incurs a travel cost during a non-payment or waiting period they would not be able to be reimbursed for that cost as they did not qualify for FAA at the time the cost was incurred.
FAA can be paid for travel to commence study, that is from their permanent home to the educational institution, providing the applicant's claim for YA, Austudy or PES has been approved for the course in which the travel is required. FAA may also be available for a return trip during the academic year and a trip back home at the end of the academic year.
FAA by reimbursement
FAA is normally paid as a reimbursement of costs incurred by the student, which is claimed after the journey has been completed.
Payment may be made in advance by pre-booking a fare for an eligible student. Payment is not made directly to the student, but is paid to the commercial operator. Pre-booked FAA will usually be for airfares.
A pre-booked fare CANNOT be paid for a student unless they are currently in receipt of YA, Austudy or PES.
Student dies after undertaking journey
Another person may claim FAA on behalf of a qualified student should that student die after undertaking the journey. An application for FAA must be lodged within the normal time limits, that is before 1 April in the year after the year of study AND the claim must be lodged within 6 months of the student's death, or a further period allowed by the Secretary if there are special circumstances.
Act reference: SSAct section 19A FAA definitions, section 1061ZAAA Qualification for FAA, section 1061ZAAB Journey by person who is not an external student
SS(Admin)Act section 49 Timing of payment of FAA, section 50 To whom FAA is to be paid, section 58 Payment of social security payment after death