Financial help if you’re under 24 and studying, an Australian Apprentice, looking for work or sick.
- 16 to 21 and looking for full time work or
- 18 to 24 and studying full time or
- 16 to 24 and a full time Australian Apprentice or
- 16 to 17 years and independent or needing to live away from home to study
Eligibility & payment rates
You must be:
- 16 to 21 years of age and looking for full time work or doing approved activities
- 18 to 24 years of age and studying full time
- 16 to 17 years of age and:
- have finished year 12 or equivalent
- need to live away from home to study, or
- are independent for Youth Allowance, or
- 16 to 24 years of age and doing a full time Australian Apprenticeship
You may stay on Youth Allowance after you turn 25 years of age until you finish your course or apprenticeship.
We also assess eligibility on being an Australian resident when you claim and while you get this payment. We also look at:
- if you’re doing an approved course or activity
- if you’re dependent or independent, and
- income and assets
If you apply for Youth Allowance, you’ll be assessed as being dependent or independent for payment.
We assess your eligibility and payment amount using income and asset tests.
On the day you claim Youth Allowance, you must:
- be an Australian resident, and
- be in Australia
What may be different
Newly arrived residents may have a 104 week waiting period.
If you’re a non-protected Special Category visa holder, and have lived in Australia for at least 10 years without a break since 27 February 2001, you may be able to get Youth Allowance for up to 6 months. This can only happen once.
If you qualify this way, the newly arrived residents waiting period won’t apply.
You must study an approved course at an approved institution to get Austudy, Youth Allowance as a student, or Pensioner Education Supplement.
We use income and assets tests to work out how much Youth Allowance you get. These are the maximum rates.
You may have to wait for a while before your payments start.
If you need to live away from your parents' home to study, train or look for work, you may get a higher rate of Youth Allowance.
Most people need to study full time to get Austudy or Youth Allowance as a student. To work out if you’re full time you need to know your study load.
Your student payment is not paid indefinitely. The amount of time you can get your payment is called allowable time.
If you study by distance education, you need to do an approved course with an approved institution.
Check if you’re eligible before you start your claim.
The next steps are:
- find out what you need to start your claim
- start a claim
- submit your claim with supporting documents
- we assess your claim and tell you the outcome
Managing your payment
You must tell us if things change as it may affect your payment.
If you're dependent and you get Youth Allowance or ABSTUDY, we may need your parents’ or guardians’ income details each year.
You may get part of your income support early. This is an advance. You pay it back out of your normal payments from us.
To get your payment while outside Australia, you must remain eligible for Youth Allowance.
Not meeting your mutual obligation requirements as a job seeker can affect your Centrelink payment.
Some people can get income support payments each week instead of each fortnight.
We need to know what you and your partner earn so we pay you the right amount.
You can get help to manage your money if your bank account is overdrawn.
We may send a letter to your myGov inbox asking you to complete an online review of your study details.
jobactive is a service that helps connect you with employers and find work.
Read about jobactive on the Department of Employment website.
On 1 January 2017, the VET Student Loans program replaced the VET-FEE HELP scheme.
You can get a VET Student Loan to access higher level VET qualifications. You must be an eligible student.
This could help you, if you couldn’t otherwise afford to pay for your course upfront.
Read more about VET Student Loans on the Department of Education and Training website.
The Skills for Education and Employment program may help you improve your speaking, reading, writing or maths.
Read about Skills for Education and Employment.
If you live in a remote area the Community Development Programme can help you contribute to your community and gain skills and training while you look for work.
Read more about the Community Development Programme.
Do your Centrelink, Medicare and Child Support business using self service options, including our Express Plus mobile apps, online accounts and phone self service.
Read more about using self service.
Find, estimate and compare payments and services you may be eligible for. You can also work out what a change in circumstance might mean for the payments and services you currently receive from us.
We’ve got advice and tools to help you with budgeting, borrowing and credit, and managing debt.
Read about how to manage your money.
- Centrelink online accounts
- Energy Supplement
- Fares Allowance
- Health Care Card
- Income Bank
- JobSearch facilities
- Jobs, Education and Training Child Care Fee Assistance
- Low Income Health Care Card
- Pharmaceutical Allowance
- Relocation Scholarship
- Remote Area Allowance
- Rent Assistance
- Rent Deduction Scheme
- Schoolkids Bonus
- Skills for Education and Employment
- Student Start-up Scholarship
- Telephone Allowance
- Youth Disability Supplement