Student income support over the poverty line (online action)
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Australians really value tertiary education but not everyone gets there and some struggle to stay. Many Australian students do not get Commonwealth income support like Austudy and Youth Allowance. Those who do get it find that they are well below the poverty line so they need to work. Too much work can start to erode at students? grades. Students become so stretched there is little chance of getting really involved in the educational community.
In a recent survey it was found that one in eight students regularly go without food or other necessities because of lack of money. The maximum Youth Allowance benefit that a student under 25 and living in a share house can receive is $245 per fortnight, which is 38% below the