Young people becoming independent

We provide information, payments and services if you are between 15 and 24 years of age and becoming independent. 

Financial support for young people

If you are between 15 and 24 years of age, you may be eligible for payments and services from us, which can support you if you want to study or if you are becoming independent from your parents or carer.

Depending on your or your family’s circumstances, you can get Youth Allowance or ABSTUDY. They provide financial support while you are looking for work, studying, training or undertaking an Australian Apprenticeship. The Disability Support Pension is also available to support young people who have a disability.

Help with important decisions

If you are turning 16, you may need to start making some important decisions.

You can attend a free Financial Information Service (FIS) seminar. They can help younger people who want to know about how they can save for their future.

Talk to a FIS Officer

You can phone 132 300 and ask to speak to a FIS officer. If possible, your questions will be answered over the phone. If there are complex issues to be discussed, the FIS officer may offer to arrange an appointment for you.

When you turn 16, you can also register for the Australian Organ Donor Register.

Young people and health services

If you’re aged 15 years, you can apply for your own Medicare card. Visit your local service centre to complete a Medicare Copy/Transfer Application form. You’ll need to provide identification, such as a student card or birth certificate, as well as details about the card you are transferring from.

For young people aged between 12 and 17, the Child Dental Benefits Schedule helps cover the costs of an annual dental check.

Other government and community support services

There are a range of other organisations that provide support services and useful information you may find helpful.

If you are experiencing depression, anxiety or stress, you may find it helpful to talk to somebody about your mental health situation.

Australian Apprenticeships provides information and resources about Australian apprenticeships and the support available.

Headspace is the national youth mental health foundation and helps young people who are going through a tough time.

JobSearch is a free online jobs website with job vacancies across all industries and regions within Australia.

MoneySmart offers tips and useful tools to support people to make better financial decisions and help manage their money.

myfuture is Australia’s national career information and exploration service, helping people to make career decisions, plan career pathways and manage work transitions.

Study Assist provides information to current and prospective students about Australian Government assistance for financial tertiary study including information about subsidised fees and government loans.