Pre-school to Year 12 expenses

2.1 Pre-school to Year 12 expenses

Benefits Per financial year:

  • $500 per child for pre-kindy, kindy and pre-primary students
  • $2,500 per child for primary school students (Year 1 to Year 6)
  • $3,500 per child for high school students (Year 7 to Year 12)


  • A dependent child listed on the IBN child register.
  • Children who reach the age of 16 may apply for membership of IBN and receive education benefits in their own name.
  • Benefits apply per financial year. Students transferring to a higher level during the financial year are
    eligible for the higher amount from 1 January 2023. For example, students on the $500 benefit level in 2022 and who enrol in Year 1 for the 2023 school year, may then access an extra $2,000 before 30 June for a total benefit of $2,500 for the 2022-23 financial year.
  • School fees – enrolment and tuition
  • Computer, laptop or iPad/tablet and printers
    (Years 1 to 12 only)
  • Computing supplies – computer bags, software, warranties and repairs, ink cartridges
  • Textbooks, school bag and general supplies
  • Uniforms, sports clothing and shoes
  • School canteen lunch accounts
  • Equipment – sporting items,
    musical instruments
  • School bus Multiriders (top-ups only)
  • Bicycles and scooters
  • School photographs
  • School activities – such as excursions, school
    camps, sports competitions, Country Week, School Balls
  • Extracurricular activities – such as fees for before or after school activities, holiday classes, extra tutoring, sports clubs and competitions, music and swimming lessons.
Items NOT available
  • Computing devices and printers are not available for pre-kindy, kindy and pre-primary students.
  • Fuel.
  • ABSTUDY is NOT a condition of this program, but eligible students are encouraged to apply.
  • Eligible students MUST access government Student Travel Subsidies where available.
  • Parents and legal carers are required to allow IBN to obtain school progress reports.
Supporting documents
  • Program application form 2.1
  • Proof of enrolment
  • Original supplier invoices or quotes showing payment details
  • ABSTUDY documents where relevant

Application Processing Time
Up to 10 working days once all the documents have been received by IBN.


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