Youth Allowance

Financial help for people aged 16 to 24 years who are studying full time, undertaking a full time Australian Apprenticeship, training, looking for work or sick.

Eligibility basics

  • 16 to 21 years of age and looking for full time work or undertaking approved activities
  • 18 to 24 years of age and studying full time
  • 16 or 17 years of age and have completed year 12 or equivalent, or undertaking full time secondary study and need to live away from home in order to study, or are considered independent for Youth Allowance, or
  • 16 to 24 years of age and undertaking a full time Australian Apprenticeship

We'll write to you in April 2016 if your parent or guardian needs to update your family details. If you don’t get a letter, you don’t need to do anything. Read more about updating your family details.

A new employment service called Transition to Work starts in early 2016 to help eligible young job seekers become job ready. Read more about Transition to work.

Page last updated: 6 April 2016