Claiming Youth Allowance
You should submit your claim for Youth Allowance as early as you can.
Before you start
Check if you’re eligible before you start your claim. We assess eligibility on:
- your age
- if you’re doing an approved course or activity
- if you’re dependent or independent
- income and assets, and
- Australian residence rules
Read the booklet Information you need to know about your claim for Youth Allowance.
Before you start your claim, you need these details:
- your income and assets
- your partner’s income and assets
- bank account - if you’re under 18, you need your parent’s bank account details
- tax file number - if you don’t have one, apply now on the Australian Taxation Office website
- previous study details
- new or planned study details
- Employment Separation Certificate from your employer if you’re a job seeker and stopped working in the last 12 months
If you want to claim as independent, you can’t start your online claim until you turn 22 years of age. If you do, you’ll be asked to give us your parents’ or guardians’ financial details. You don’t have to if you show us you meet any other independence criteria.
If you’re dependent, your parents’ income may affect your payment. We’ll tell you if we need their income details.
We’ll tell you if you need to complete any other forms.
When to claim
You can claim Youth Allowance up to 13 weeks before you start your course or apprenticeship if you:
- plan to study full time, or
- are doing a full time Australian Apprenticeship
If you’re a job seeker, you can claim before your last day of work. To claim early as a job seeker, visit a service centre.
Start your claim
You can claim Youth Allowance by submitting a claim online.
If you don't have a Centrelink online account
Unable to claim online
If you can’t claim online, contact us or complete the Preliminary claim for Newstart Allowance, Youth Allowance, or Parenting Payment form.
Submit your claim
Students and Australian Apprentices
After you’ve answered the claim questions, you get a checklist so you know exactly what you need to give us. You need to submit all documents on your claim checklist within 14 days. If you don’t, your claim will expire and you’ll need to start again.
We’ll tell you at the end of the process if we need any more information. You need to submit this within 14 days or it may affect the start date of your payment. The sooner we get your documents, the sooner we can work out your payment.
If you claim online, you need to book an appointment online to assess your Mutual Obligation Requirements. We’ll call you at the time and date you choose. You must book this appointment within 14 days of submitting your claim.
We’ll tell you if your claim is successful. We’ll also tell you when your payment will start and how much you get.
You have the right to appeal any decision we make. Read more about reviews and appeals.