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. PES - current rate

Current rate

There are 2 rates of PES, $62.40 or $31.20 per fortnight (pf):

Student circumstances Current rate pf

Study-load of less than 50% of the normal full-time study-load, unless the person is receiving:

  • disability support pension
  • invalidity service pension
  • war widow/er pension (with a dependent child) also receiving an income support supplement on the ground that the person is permanently incapacitated for work, or
  • YA, JSP or PPP and has a partial capacity to work.


All other students $62.40

Indexation (1.1.I.100)

This rate is not indexed.

Timing of payment

Payments are made fortnightly in arrears.

Act reference: SSAct section 1061PZG Rate of PES

Policy reference: SS Guide Pensioner education supplement (PES) - description, Qualification for PES, PES concessional study-load students

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