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This paper is a reference tool for those needing to locate specific changes quickly and place them in their chronological context, rather than a definitive history of income support for student in Australia. Schemes providing support for postgraduate students, students who are veterans or the child of a veteran, or Indigenous students are not addressed in this paper. It also does not provide detailed information on the availability of, and eligibility conditions for, present day social security benefits for students.

Rates of payment are generally not given in the chronology text but can be found in the accompanying tables. In the text, imperial currency is used for payments prior to 1966 and decimal currency is used from that date, reflecting the legislation and commentary at the time. In the tables decimal currency is used throughout for comparison purposes.

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