Personal income test for Austudy and Youth Allowance

Your income and assets affect the amount of Austudy or Youth Allowance you receive. An income and assets test works out what you will be paid.

A personal income test is used to work out your payment rate. Other tests are also used and, out of these, the one that results in the lowest payment rate will apply.

This personal income test is updated on 20 March, 20 September and 1 January each year and applies to Austudy and Youth Allowance.

Child support received is not included as income for the personal income test.

Students and Australian Apprentices

Students and Australian Apprentices If you earn between $433-$519 your fortnightly payment reduces by If you earn more than $519 your fortnightly payment reduces by Your payment reduces to $0 once your income reaches the maximum of
Single, under 18 years, at home 50 cents for each dollar you earn over $433 $43.00 plus 60 cents for each dollar you earn over $519 $849
Single, over 18 years, at home 50 cents for each dollar you earn over $433 $43.00 plus 60 cents for each dollar you earn over $519 $930.34
Single or couple, no dependants, away from home 50 cents for each dollar you earn over $433 $43.00 plus 60 cents for each dollar you earn over $519 $1,181
Couple with dependants 50 cents for each dollar you earn over $433 $43.00 plus 60 cents for each dollar you earn over $519 $1,253
Single with dependants 50 cents for each dollar you earn over $433 $43.00 plus 60 cents for each dollar you earn over $519 $1,408.67

If you earn less than $433 per fortnight, your payment is not affected.

If you are a student or an Australian Apprentice, your income test is subject to Income Bank credit.

Job seekers

Job seekers If you earn between $143-$250 your fortnightly payment reduces by If you earn more than $250 your fortnightly payment reduces by Your payment reduces to $0 once your income reaches the maximum of
Single, under 18 years, at home 50 cents for each dollar you earn over $143 $53.50 plus 60 cents for each dollar you earn over $250 $562.50
Single, over 18 years, at home 50 cents for each dollar you earn over $143 $53.50 plus 60 cents for each dollar you earn over $250 $643.84
Single or couple, no dependants, away from home 50 cents for each dollar you earn over $143 $53.50 plus 60 cents for each dollar you earn over $250 $894.50
Couple with dependants 50 cents for each dollar you earn over $143 $53.50 plus 60 cents for each dollar you earn over $250 $966.50
Single with dependants 50 cents for each dollar you earn over $143 $53.50 plus 60 cents for each dollar you earn over $250 $1,122.17
Single principal carer of dependent children, granted an exemption for foster caring, home schooling, distance education or large family 50 cents for each dollar of income you earn above $143 $53.50 plus 60 cents for each dollar you earn above $250 $1,411.67

If you earn less than $143 per fortnight, your payment is not affected.

Long term unemployed aged 22 or over in full time study or an Australian Apprenticeship

Long term unemployed aged 22 or over in full time study or an Australian Apprenticeship If you earn between $433-$519 your fortnightly payment reduces by If you earn more than $519 your fortnightly payment reduces by Your payment reduces to $0 once your income reaches the maximum of
Single, living at home 50 cents for each dollar you earn over $433 $43.00 plus 60 cents for each dollar you earn over $519 $1,040.17
Single, living away from home 50 cents for each dollar you earn over $433 $43.00 plus 60 cents for each dollar you earn over $519 $1,338.84
Couple with no dependants 50 cents for each dollar you earn over $433 $43.00 plus 60 cents for each dollar you earn over $519 $1,253

If you earn less than $433 per fortnight, your payment is not affected.

If you have a partner

Your payment will be reduced by 60 cents for every dollar your partner earns over the maximum amount. Your partner's maximum amount is determined by their circumstances.

Page last updated: 20 September 2016

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