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Is your scholarship taxable?

What is the Scholarship decision tool?

This is an interactive decision tool that will assist you to determine if your non-government scholarship is taxable.

This tool does not deal with Commonwealth education or training payments such as Austudy, ABSTUDY, Assistance for Isolated Children or Youth Allowance. These payments are not scholarships. However, some of them may be exempt from tax under other provisions of the income tax law.

Some scholarships, bursaries, grants and awards - including education benefits provided under a friendly society scholarship plan - are taxable. If you are not sure about a payment contact the organisation that paid you.

Information you will need

  • To determine if your scholarship is taxable, you will be asked a series of questions.
  • These questions relate to your personal situation and to the terms of the scholarship payment.
  • You can access information relating to the questions asked through the Help with this page buttons on the following pages.


This decision tool provides advice about the taxability of your scholarship based on the information you provide.