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ABSTUDY approved marine courses


ABSTUDY is a group of payments for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander students available through Services Australia via Centrelink.

Am I eligible for ABSTUDY payments?

To be eligible for ABSTUDY payments you must be:

  • An Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Australian
  • In an approved course, Australian apprenticeship or traineeship
  • Not receiving another payment to study or train

Read the full conditions on the Services Australia website

What does it cover?

ABSTUDY payments are designed to assist students with study costs and housing if they need to travel for their studies. The following costs may be covered:

  • Study
  • Housing
  • Living expenses
  • Travel to your place of study if you need to study away from home.

Approved courses

The following Sea School International courses are approved for ABSTUDY payments:

Course Course Duration Course Fee
MAR10220 Certificate I in Maritime Operations
(General Purpose Hand Near Coastal)
5 days
full time
MAR20321 Certificate II in Maritime Operations
(Coxswain Grade 1 Near Coastal)
10 days
full time
MAR30821 Certificate III in Maritime Operations
(Marine Engine Driver Grade 2 Near Coastal)
9 days
full time
MAR30921 Certificate III in Maritime Operations
(Master up to 24 metres Near Coastal)
20 days
full time

Note that you will be enrolled under the old course codes (MAR20318, MAR20418, MAR30818, MAR30918) until the priority skills list is updated.

Please note that these fees are the course fees only and do not cover additional fees such as those relating to the final assessment, certificate of competency, AMSA submission or marine radio application fee.

How to claim:

You can apply for ABSTUDY payments the following ways:

You can find all information on how to register to claim ABSTUDY payments on the Services Australia website

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Just wanted to thank you and your staff at Sea School. I have over 20 years experience in the teaching profession and work closely with Macquarie Uni & UTS and I can certainly say that your methods of teaching coxswain ticket were spot on.

Craig Mitchell, Managing Director, Sydney Harbour Bookings