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

You must have an active Centrelink online account to claim online. If you don’t, register for an online account.

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
  • accommodation
  • 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.

You can submit supporting documents online. This doesn’t include your identity documents.

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 already have a Centrelink online account


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.

Job seekers

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.

Claim outcome

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.

Page last updated: 12 December 2016