Payment rates for Youth Allowance

We use income and assets tests to work out how much Youth Allowance you get. These are the maximum rates.

Payment rates

These rates are a guide only. If you’re a dependent student younger than 18 years of age, your parent or guardian will usually get the payment.

Your circumstances Your maximum fortnightly payment
Single, no children, younger than 18 years, and live at your parent’s home $237.10
Single, no children, younger than 18 years, and need to live away from your parent’s home to study, train or look for work $433.20
Single, no children, 18 years or older and live at parent’s home $285.20
Single, no children, 18 years or older and need to live away from parent’s 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 and exempt from Mutual Obligation Requirements because either you:

  • are a registered and active foster carer
  • home school your children
  • teach your children by distance education
  • care for a large family, where you’re the main carer of 4 or more dependent children younger than 16 years, or 16 to 19 years and in secondary school, or
  • care for a related child you’re not the parent of, as directed by a Parenting Order through Family Court
$738.50

Long term income support

Special rates may apply if your’re 22 years of age or older and:

  • start studying a full time course which will last at least 12 months, or
  • start an Australian Apprenticeship, and
  • you have received income support for at least 6 months out of the past 9 months, not including your student payment or apprentice payment

Special rates may also apply if:

  • you’re at least 22 years of age, and
  • English is not your first language, and
  • you’re studying a course in English
Your circumstances Your maximum fortnightly payment
Single and live at parent’s home $350.00
Single and need to live away from parent’s home $526.30
Member of a couple, with no children $475.70

Payment reviews

Sometimes we review your payment.

The amount you get may change if you or a family member’s circumstances change. Read more about change of circumstances while getting Youth Allowance.

If you’re a dependant, we’ll ask for details of your parents’ taxable income in September or October each year. Read more about the annual parental income test reassessment.

If you’re a student, we’ll ask for details about your future study intentions. We’ll ask you 4 weeks before your course finishes. You can tell us using your Centrelink online account through myGov or the Express Plus mobile app.

Page last updated: 7 December 2016

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