Payment rates for Youth Allowance

Youth Allowance payment rates are a guide only. An income and assets test will be used to work out how much you can get. If you are dependent, the parental-means test will apply. If you are a dependent student less than 18 years, your payments will usually be paid to a parent or guardian.

Your circumstancesYour maximum fortnightly payment
single, with no children, under 18 years, and living at parental home$233.60
single, with no children, under 18 years, and required to live away from parental home to study undertake training  or look for work$426.80
single, with no children, 18 years or more, and living at parental  home$281.00
single, with no children, 18 years or more, and required to live away from parental home$426.80
single, with children$559.20
member of  a couple, with no children$426.80
member of a couple, with children$468.70

Single job seeker principal carer granted an activity test exemption for either:

  • a registered and active foster carer
  • providing home schooling for your children
  • facilitating distance education for your children
  • caring for a large family (where the customer is the principal carer of four or more dependent children aged under 16, or a secondary pupil child 16 to 19 years old), or
  • caring for a child when the customer is a relative (other than a parent), as directed by a Parenting Order made through the Family Court
$725.40

Special payment rates

The special rates below apply if you are more than 22 years old, commencing full-time study, and are:

  • a long-term income support recipient who is receiving or has received an income support payment, other than a student payment, for at least 26 out of the last 39 weeks, or
  • a migrant student who does not speak English as a first language and is undertaking an approved course in English
Your circumstancesYour maximum fortnightly payment
single, and living at parental home$344.80
single, and required to live away from parental home$518.50
member of a couple, with no children$468.70

Payment reviews

From time to time, your Youth Allowance payment is reviewed. The amount you receive may be adjusted because your circumstances or a family member's circumstances change. This may include a change in your income, moving house, or separating from your partner.

If you are a dependant and receiving Youth Allowance, we will request details of your parents' taxable income in September each year.

If you are a student, we will request information about your future study intentions 4 weeks before your course is due to finish. You can provide this information online or with the Express Plus Students mobile app.

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