Children's education

Financial assistance, student support services, guidance and counselling services  may be provided to children of eligible veterans under the Veterans' Children Education Scheme (VCES) or the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act Education and Training Scheme (MRCAETS). The aim of this assistance is to help eligible children achieve their full potential in education or career training.

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Important information for 16-19 year olds

The Family Tax Benefit and VCES/MRCAETS education allowances

Children under age 16 can receive both the VCES or MRCAETS plus Family Tax Benefit payments from Centrelink; however VCES and MRCAETS education allowances cannot be paid in addition to FTB for a child aged 16-19 and in full-time secondary study.

For further information on the Family Tax Benefit, visit the Department of Human Services website

The Schoolkids Bonus

The Schoolkids Bonus assists families and students with the cost of primary and secondary school studies.  Eligible families will recieve $205 for each child in primary school (a total of $410 each year) and two instalments of $410 for each child in secondary school (a total of $820 each year).  Eligibility is from receipt of an education allowance under the VCES or MRCAETS. 

If your child is aged 16-19 and you choose to stop VCES and MRCAETS payments through DVA and claim the Family Tax Benefit from Centrelink, please note that Centrelink will pay your Schoolkids Bonus, not DVA.

Further information on the New Schoolkids Bonus payments is available on the following websites: DVA; Department of Human Services;  and Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.

The Income Support Bonus for secondary students

The Income Support Bonus is designed to assist those receiving education allowances under the VCES or MRCAETS, with unexpected costs. This includes secondary school students aged 16 years old or over. 

The Income Support Bonus is $105 and this amount is paid twice a year.

Centrelink does not pay the Income Support Bonus for those receiving Family Tax Benefit.  If your child is aged 16-19, in full-time secondary study and you choose to receive FTB rather than payments under VCES and MRCAETS, then you will no longer be eligible to receive the Income Support Bonus.

Further information on the New Income Support Bonus is available on the following websites: DVA and Department of Human Services.

Important information for school leavers

VCES/MRCAETS education allowances

Family Tax Benefit payments cannot be paid by Centrelink once your child has completed their Year 12 certificate or equivalent qualification.

School leavers intending to undertake full-time tertiary study may be eligible for education benefits under VCES and MRCAETS. A tertiary course of education includes university studies as well as vocational training.  For more information on claiming education allowances under DVA’s education schemes for tertiary students, please contact:

DVA General Enquiries
Telephone: 133 254 (metro)
Free Call 1800 555 254 (regional callers).

Or you can send an email to: GeneralEnquiries@dva.gov.au.

The Income Support Bonus for tertiary students

The Income Support Bonus is designed to assist those receiving education allowances under the VCES or MRCAETS, with unexpected costs. This includes students aged between 16 and 25 that are undertaking tertiary education. 

The Income Support Bonus is $105 and this amount is paid twice a year.

Further information on the New Income Support Bonus is available on the DVA and Department of Human Services websites.