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Self Education Expenses

You may be able to claim the costs associated with educating yourself - whether you are a part-time or full-time student - if there is a direct connection between your course of study and your current job or work activities - that is, your education will maintain or improve your skills.

You can generally claim study-related items such as:

  • textbooks 
  • course fees (excluding HECS) 
  • stationery 
  • student union fees 
  • travel expenses to and from university or TAFE 
  • the decline in value of equipment used in study, such as a computer.

You cannot claim your education costs:

  • if you are studying so you can get a new job or open up a new business opportunity 
  • against income you received from Centrelink payments such as youth allowance or austudy.

Copyright ATO, 6 October 2004. http://ato.gov.au/youth/content.asp?doc=/content/48051.htm

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