Payment rates for Youth Allowance

Payment rates for Youth Allowance are calculated using an income and assets test.

These rates are a guide only. If you are dependent, the parental means test will apply. If you are a student younger than 18 years, your payments will usually be paid to a parent or guardian.

Your circumstances Your maximum fortnightly payment
Single, with no children, younger than 18 years, and living at parental home $237.10
Single, with no children, younger than 18 years, and required to live away from parental home to study undertake training  or look for work $433.20
Single, with no children, 18 years or older and living at parental  home $285.20
Single, with no children, 18 years or older and required to live away from parental home $433.20
Single, with children $567.60
Member of  a couple, with no children $433.20
Member of a couple, with children $475.70

Single job seeker principal carer granted an exemption from Mutual Obligation Requirements because you are 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 you are the principal carer of 4 or more dependent children younger than 16 years, or a child in secondary school aged 16 to 19 years, or
  • caring for a child and you are a relative, other than a parent, as directed by a Parenting Order made through the Family Court
$737.10

Special payment rates

The special rates apply if you are older than 22 years, starting 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 have English as a first language, does not have a dependent child and is undertaking an approved course in English
Your circumstances Your maximum fortnightly payment
Single and living at parental home $350.00
Single and required to live away from parental home $526.30
Member of a couple, with no children $475.70

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 you receive 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 mobile app.

Page last updated: 30 March 2016

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