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.
- 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
Eligibility & payment rates
Eligibility for Youth Allowance is based on your age, the course you are studying, income and assets and residence requirements.
Payment rates for Youth Allowance are calculated using an income and assets test.
The amount of Youth Allowance you may get will depend on your personal circumstances.
To be eligible for Youth Allowance you must satisfy residence requirements.
- be an Australian resident
- be physically present in Australia on the day you lodge your claim, and
- continue to meet the residence requirements for as long as you get this payment
Newly arrived residents generally have a 104 week waiting period, with some exemptions.
If you are not an Australian resident, but arrived in Australia on a New Zealand passport after 26 February 2001 and have lived here continuously for at least 10 years since 26 February 2001, you may qualify for payment of Youth Allowance for up to 6 months. If you qualify for payment under this exemption, you will not need to serve the 2 year newly arrived resident’s waiting period.
You need to be studying an approved course at an approved institution to receive Austudy, Youth Allowance as a student and Pensioner Education Supplement.
When you apply for a payment, you may not get it immediately. The time you have to wait is called a waiting period.
If you need to live away from your parents' home to study, train or look for work, you may be eligible for the higher away from home rate of Youth Allowance.
If you apply for Youth Allowance, you will be assessed as being either independent or a dependant. If you are a dependant, the parental means test applies.
You need to maintain study load requirements to receive Austudy or Youth Allowance.
Allowable time is the length of time you can receive Youth Allowance while studying.
If you are a student or Australian Apprentice and receive Youth Allowance you may qualify for a Low Income Health Care Card.
Read more about Low Income Health Care Cards.
If you are a distance education student you need to be studying an approved course at an approved institution.
Check if you are eligible for this payment before you start your claim.
Once you have read about eligibility the next steps are:
- find out what you need before you start your claim
- start a claim
- submit your claim
- provide your supporting documentation
Managing your payment
If you do not tell us when your circumstances change, you may be doing the wrong thing.
If you're dependent and you get Youth Allowance or ABSTUDY, your parents or guardians may need to do the parental income test each year.
You may be eligible to receive part of your income support payment in advance, depending on how long you have been getting it and the amount that you get.
To get your payment while outside Australia you must continue to meet the qualification rules for Youth Allowance.
If you do not meet your Mutual Obligation Requirements, your income support payment may be affected.
In certain circumstances you may be eligible to get your income support payment weekly, instead of fortnightly.
How much you or your partner earn affects your payment. We need to know what you and your partner earn each fortnight so you're paid the right amount.
There is support to help you manage your money if you have overdrawn your bank, building society or credit union account.
If you have any questions, speak to your jobactive provider.
Read more about jobactive on the Department of Employment website or call their National Customer Service Line on 1800 805 260.
The VET Fee help scheme is being reformed to better protect students taking out a loan through the scheme.
Read more about the VET Fee help reforms on the Department of Education and Training website.
A program to improve your speaking, reading, writing or basic maths skills is available to help you get and keep a job.
Read more about Skills for Education and Employment.
If you are a job seeker living in a remote area of Australia, you can help your community and gain skills while looking for local work through the Community Development Programme.
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
Select the options that describe your circumstances, then explore a list of possible Centrelink and Medicare payments and services online.
Select your state and topics of interest to find links to government and community organisation support.
Getting control of your money can be hard, but we’ve got some great advice and tools to help. Read more about budgeting, borrowing and credit, and managing debt, to help manage your money.
- Centrelink online accounts
- Energy Supplement
- Fares Allowance
- Health Care Card
- Income Bank
- Income Support Bonus
- 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