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 get Disability Support Pension
- you’re under 21
You may be able to get the Youth Disability Supplement if:
- you’re under 22, and
- you get:
- 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:
The most Youth Disability Supplement you can get is $124.70 a fortnight.
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.
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.
Payment updates and reviews
We update the payment rate on 1 January each year.
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.