Change of circumstances while receiving Youth Allowance
You need to tell us within 14 days if your circumstances change while you are receiving Youth Allowance. You can do this through the Express Plus Students mobile app or through Centrelink Online Services.
You also need to tell us if circumstances for your parents', partner or siblings change.
These changes may affect your payments, and if you do not tell us, you may find yourself in debt. You need to tell us about changes to your:
- change your course of study
- change your institution
- reduce your study or training workload
- stop studying
- stop being a full-time Australian Apprentice
Watch our demonstration video about how to update your study details online.
- change your hours of work - including starting or stopping work
- have changes in your employment income
- receive income from a source outside Australia
- change jobs
- receive any compensation, leave or redundancy payments
- start or stop voluntary work
- change of address or contact details
- move back to your parents' home
- your partner starts working
- marry or start living with someone as their partner
- separate from your partner
- you are sick or injured and cannot look for work or continue study
- your partner, dependent child or immediate family member dies
- have a child or take care of a child under the age of 16 years old
- move into or out of long term care, such as a nursing home or hostel
- have a dependent child under the age of 16 years and the child leaves home, or is granted a pension, benefit or allowance
- have any dependent children, who are in custody on remand, in a psychiatric institution or in prison
- if you receive Rent Assistance and you:
- stop paying rent, or the amount of rent you pay changes
- start paying rent to a state, territory or Commonwealth Housing Authority
- move in with your parent or guardian
Siblings circumstances (unless they are considered independent)
- become independent
- move back to or away from the parental home
- are granted a pension, benefit or allowance
- have parents who cease to receive Family Tax Benefit for them
- are no longer a full-time student
- start work or have increased income
- change their hours of work
- leave Australia
- get an education allowance from an Australian Government department
If you do not tell us about changes to your circumstances within 14 days your payment may be affected. You may be overpaid benefits and you will probably have to pay the money back.
If you deliberately do not tell us about changes, you could be charged with fraud, and a recovery fee may be imposed if you give us incorrect information about your employment income.
Job seekers moving to another location
Use the Moving to an Area of Lower Employment Prospects (MALEP) Test to find out the employment prospects of the area you are moving to. Your payment could be affected if you choose to move to an area with significantly lower employment prospects without a good reason.