Student Ministry Placements
For churches employing students
The Fringe Benefits Tax act allows for exempt benefits to be paid to “a student at an institution who is undertaking a course of instruction in the duties of a minister of religion.” The Anglican Church Diocese of Sydney has determined that for students who hold the Archbishop’s licence and are working two or three days in a parish with teaching and pastoral responsibilities of a similar nature to those that would be expected of an assistant or lay minister, it would be reasonable for the parish to consider the payment of college fees (tuition, boarding etc) on behalf of that student minister as an exempt benefit.
The bill for students' sundry expenses may be sent directly to the church. Please contact the college office on (02) 8093 3400 for arrangements.
Please click here to view the current Anglican Diocese of Sydney's minimum stipend for ministry trainees studying for a Diploma.
For further details about the benefits outlined here, please contact Centrelink.
Students who are Australian Citizens and who are intending to complete the whole Diploma program (either full time or part time) can pay ACTh tuition fees through a FEE-HELP loan from the Australian Federal Government. Students may apply for a FEE-HELP loan of any amount up to the full tuition fees for their course (the total amount owed to the government will include a 25% administration fee). The balance of fees are payable by the student directly to the College.
Information booklets and application forms for FEE-HELP are available from the College Office, or at www.goingtouni.gov.au.
Austudy, Abstudy and Youth Allowance
The College is registered with Centrelink as a provider of higher education (Institution code 2P488). Students who qualify are able to apply for Austudy, Abstudy or Youth Allowance. To avoid the reduction of benefit as a result of students’ incomes, churches may pay the students’ tuition fees directly to the College as an exempt benefit.