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Queensland Academies Isolated Students Bursary

Applications for 2018 are now open.

Rural or remote students who attend a Queensland Academy may be eligible for financial support with their travel and accommodation costs through the Queensland Academies Isolated Student (QAIS) Bursary.

The bursary includes a travel allowance and student accommodation allowance—neither payment attracts GST and there is no financial means test.

It helps students who are not eligible for the Living Away From Home Allowance Scheme (LAFHAS)—you should check if you’re eligible for the LAFHAS before applying for the QAIS Bursary.

Travel allowance

The travel allowance is paid as a lump sum at the end of the financial year. This allowance offsets the cost of travel between a student’s family home and their homestay accommodation (based on the shortest trafficable route by road or sea).

Remote Area Travel Allowance

Base Rate

Maximum payable per student per year

Up to 500km

$ 0.80 per km


Each additional km over 500km

$ 1.32 per km

$ 1,727.00

Student accommodation allowance

Eligible students will receive up to the equivalent of the Basic Boarding Allowance provided through the Commonwealth’s Assistance for Isolated Children Scheme—currently set at $8,249.00 per year. This allowance is paid as a lump sum at the end of the financial year.


To be eligible for the QAIS Bursary:

  • you must not be eligible to receive help through the Living Away From Home Allowances Scheme
  • your home address must be in Queensland
  • the nearest state school (with the appropriate year level) to your family home is in a rural or remote education zone
  • the academy must be at least 3 hours per day from your home by school or public transport
  • the student’s conduct, progress and attendance must be satisfactory.

The following links will help assess your eligibility:

  • RACQ Trip Planner - confirm the nearest Queensland State School by entering address details
  • TransLink Journey Planner - identify the method and time required to travel on public transport between your home and the Queensland Academy.

How benefits are paid

QAIS payments are made by electronic funds transfer to your nominated bank account after the end of semester 1.

How to apply

Please download the 2018 Information Guide (DOCX, 260KB) and Application Form (DOCX, 288KB) and submit completed application forms via email to 

Change in circumstances

Advise us immediately if there are changes to your:

  • family residential address
  • school attended
  • bank account details.

We may need to reassess your application if your circumstances change. Entitlements already paid may also be affected.

Students starting or leaving school part way through the school year receive payments based on the actual number of school days they attend.


Overpayments that may result from a change in family or student circumstances will need to be paid back, from the date of the change.

Contact us

Email or phone 13 QGOV (13 74 68) for more information about the QAIS Bursary.

For more information about the Queensland Academies, email or phone (07) 3377 9366.

Living Away From Home Allowance Scheme

The Living Away From Home Allowance Scheme provides financial support for families with children living away from home to attend school.

Help for rural families

The Australian Government offers a range of support for rural families and students to help cover family expenses, including education and childcare costs.

The Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association is a voluntary national parent body dedicated to ensuring that geographically isolated students have equal access to education.

Student hostels

The Boarding Australia website lists hostels providing accommodation for isolated students so they can have daily access to schools.

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Last updated
24 January 2018
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