Higher rates of Youth Allowance when living away from home

If you need to live away from your parents' home to study, train or look for work, you may get a higher rate of Youth Allowance.

Tertiary students

If you’re a dependant, you may be eligible if:

  • it takes longer than 90 minutes, by public transport, to travel from your parents' home to your place of study
  • it’s compulsory to live at your education institution while you study, or
  • you’re doing part of your Australian approved course at an overseas institution

If you’re independent, you’ll get the higher rate if you live away from your parents' home.

Secondary students

You may be eligible if:

  • it takes longer than 90 minutes, by public transport, to travel from your parents' home to your place of study
  • your parents' home is in an isolated area. For example, at least 56 km from an appropriate government school, or you can’t get to school because of blocked roads for 20 school days a year
  • your parents' home isn’t a suitable place to study, for example, due to family conflict or illness
  • you have disability and your parents' home is away from facilities you need
  • you’re in Year 11 or 12 and your parents move out of the area, or
  • an equivalent course isn’t available nearby

If there’s an appropriate government school in your area and you choose to go to school outside your area, you won’t get a higher rate.

Australian Apprentices

You may get the higher rate if you need to live away from your parents' home to do your apprenticeship.

Job seekers

If you need to live away from home to increase your chances of getting work, you may be eligible if:

  • it takes longer than 90 minutes, by public transport, to travel from your parents' home to your approved activity or work
  • your parents' home isn’t a suitable place to live and look for work, for example, due to family conflict or illness
  • you have disability and your parents' home is away from facilities you need

More help

If you pay rent, you may get Rent Assistance.

If you’re a full time student living away from home, you may get:

Page last updated: 7 December 2016

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