Youth Disability Supplement

An extra payment if you’re a young person with disability and on some type of income support.

Who can get it

You’ll automatically get the Youth Disability Supplement if:

You may be able to get the Youth Disability Supplement if:

  • you’re under 22, and
  • you get:
    • Youth Allowance as a job seeker, full time student or Australian Apprentice, or
    • ABSTUDY as a full time student or Australian Apprentice
  • a current Employment Services Assessment shows you have an illness, injury or disability that:
    • stops you from working 30 or more hours a week
    • will last more than 2 years

Employment Services Assessment

This is where we check how much and what sort of work you can do while you have an illness, injury or disability.

If you have a disability, we look at your future work capacity as well.

We’ll arrange an assessment if you need one.

How to get it

You don’t need to apply for Youth Disability Supplement. When you apply for other Centrelink payments, we check if you can also get the supplement.

You need to tell us if you don’t want to get it.

How you’ll find out

If you can get the Youth Disability Supplement, we’ll write to you saying:

  • when it will start
  • how much you’ll get

If you disagree

You can appeal any decision we make. Read about:

Payment rates

The most Youth Disability Supplement you can get is $124.70 a fortnight.

Your rate

How much you get depends on how much your main payment is. We add up the 2 amounts and make sure you’re under the limit.

Limit if you’re on Disability Support Pension

The total you get each fortnight can’t be more than what someone older than 21 would get.

Read more about Disability Support Pension.

Limit if you’re on Youth Allowance or ABSTUDY

The total you get each fortnight can’t be more than what someone older than 22 would get.

Read more about Youth Allowance or ABSTUDY.

When we pay

We pay it with your main income support payment each fortnight.

Tax on the supplement

If you get Disability Support Pension you won’t pay tax on it.

If you get Youth Allowance or ABSTUDY you’ll pay tax on it.

Income and assets tests

This payment doesn’t have an income or assets test.

The income and asset tests may affect your main payment. If you’re on Youth Allowance or ABSTUDY, this may include the parental income test.

Payment updates and reviews

We update the payment rate on 1 January each year.

Reviews

If you’re on Youth Allowance or ABSTUDY and we assess you as able to do more work, we may stop your Youth Disability Supplement. We’ll talk to you about this.

When you turn 21

If you’re on Disability Support Pension, when you turn 21 your Youth Disability Supplement will stop. But you’ll move to a different rate of Disability Support Pension.

Change of circumstances

You must tell us about changes that may affect your payment.

What to tell us about

For example, you need to tell us if:

  • your income changes
  • you start working
  • you change address
  • you go overseas

When to tell us

You have 14 days to let us know about any changes.

How to tell us

 You can tell us about changes at any time:

What happens if you don’t tell us

If you don’t tell us about changes, we may pay you too much. If this happens you’ll have to pay the money back.

If you deliberately don’t tell us about changes, we could charge you with fraud.

If you give us the wrong details about your work income, you may have to pay a recovery fee.

Manage your money

We’ve got advice and tools to help you with budgeting, borrowing and credit, and managing debt.

Read about how to manage your money.

My bank account is overdrawn

You can get help to manage your money if your bank account is overdrawn.

Read more about what to do if your account is overdrawn.

Page last updated: 25 May 2017