Has your Youth Allowance or ABSTUDY payment changed?

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From 1 July the way your dependent Youth Allowance and ABSTUDY payment is worked out has changed.

Your Youth Allowance, ABSTUDY Living Allowance or School Fees Allowance Group 2 payment amount may have changed. It may be because the family pool has been expanded to include younger siblings. 

The family pool

The family pool is the term used to describe dependent children in your family who may affect your payment rate. We take the family pool into account when we assess your parents’ income.

The changes

From 1 July 2016, dependent children 15 years of age or younger in your family are counted in your family pool as part of the:

In the past, your siblings were only counted if they were dependent and:

  • 16 to 19 years of age and in secondary school
  • receiving Youth Allowance
  • receiving or eligible for ABSTUDY Living Allowance
  • income tested School Fee Allowance Group 2 was being paid for them, or
  • Assistance for Isolated Children Additional Boarding Allowance was being paid for them

Now that your younger siblings are included, you may be eligible for a higher rate of payment.

If you have other dependent children in your family, use your Centrelink online account through myGov to verify we have their details so we can include them as part of your family pool. If we don’t have details of all dependent children in your family, you may not receive the correct rate.

If we already have all the details we need, you don’t need to do anything.

If you don’t have any dependent siblings or are receiving Youth Allowance or ABSTUDY as an independent person, this change won’t affect you.

Next steps

You can easily check and update your family’s details online with your Centrelink online account through myGov.

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Page last updated: 21 July 2016