You can make voluntary repayments at any time to reduce the balance of your debt.
You may still have to make a compulsory repayment or pay an overseas levy if, after making your voluntary repayment:
- you still have a debt
- your repayment income is above the minimum repayment threshold.
Voluntary repayments are in addition to compulsory repayments/overseas levy and are not refundable.
If you plan to pay off your total loan balance with a voluntary repayment, it's best to make your repayment before you lodge your tax return or worldwide income.
If you lodge your tax return or worldwide income before your voluntary repayment is credited to your account, a compulsory repayment or overseas levy may be included on your notice of assessment. You may also benefit if you make a voluntary repayment before indexation is applied on 1 June.
If you intend to make a voluntary repayment before indexation is applied, it is important to allow enough time for the payment to be received and processed by us before 1 June.
Note: Don't make voluntary repayments to us before you have incurred a loan.
See also Study and training loan indexation rates.
We offer a range of payment options both in Australia and overseas. Our preferred payment methods are:
- BPAY® (registered to BPAY Pty Ltd ABN 69 079 137 518)
- credit card.
If you pay using BPAY, credit card or direct credit, you will need your payment reference number (PRN).
Some people use salary packaging arrangements with their employers to pay off their loans faster by making voluntary repayments.
If you make such an arrangement, you must:
- make your voluntary repayments by BPAY, credit card or direct credit
- stop making repayments as soon as you have paid off your loan.
Voluntary repayments made through salary packaging are in addition to compulsory repayments. If your income is above the minimum repayment threshold for an income year, you will still need to make a compulsory repayment. This will be included in your notice of assessment.
Entering into a salary sacrifice arrangement may result in your payer providing a fringe benefit to you. You should seek financial advice before entering into this arrangement.
See also Salary sacrificing for employees.
Any voluntary repayments made by you, or by someone else other than your employer, are not tax deductible. If your employer makes voluntary repayments on your behalf, they may be able to claim a tax deduction. Your employer may also be liable for fringe benefits tax (FBT) on the repayments.You can make voluntary repayments at any time to help reduce your balance.