Youth Disability Supplement
Additional financial support if you're a young person with physical, intellectual or psychiatric disability and you receive certain income support payments.
Eligibility & payment rates
If you receive Disability Support Pension and you're 20 years of age or younger, you will automatically receive the Youth Disability Supplement in your Disability Support Pension payment.
You may also be eligible for the supplement if you're 21 years of age or younger and receiving:
- Youth Allowance as a job seeker, full time student or Australian Apprentice, or
- ABSTUDY as a full time student or Australian Apprentice
and you have a current assessment showing you have an illness, injury or disability which prevents you from working 30 or more hours a week and is expected to last more than 2 years.
Employment Services Assessment
An Employment Services Assessment looks at your ability to work. For people with disability, the assessment identifies your current and future work capacity. We’ll arrange an Employment Services Assessment if you need one.
The maximum rate of Youth Disability Supplement is $123.50 a fortnight. It’s paid with your main income support payment each fortnight. The amount you get depends on how much you’re paid from your main payment.
The amount of Disability Support Pension including any Youth Disability Supplement you get can’t be more than the amount a person older than 21 years of age would be paid. If it is, you may not be paid the Youth Disability Supplement, or may be paid at a reduced rate.
The amount of Youth Allowance, and ABSTUDY you get can’t be more than the amount a person older than 22 years of age would be paid. If it is, you may not be paid the Youth Disability Supplement or may be paid at a reduced rate.
Your Youth Disability Supplement is:
- not taxed if you receive Disability Support Pension
- taxed if you receive Youth Allowance or ABSTUDY
Income and assets tests
To qualify for Youth Disability Supplement, you don’t have to meet income or assets tests. However, as it forms part of your basic rate of payment, it may be affected by the personal or partner income and asset test for that payment.
Youth Disability Supplement is usually adjusted on 1 January each year in line with the Consumer Price Index.
If you receive Youth Allowance or ABSTUDY, your eligibility for Youth Disability Supplement may be reviewed if your work capacity changes.
If you receive Disability Support Pension, you’ll continue to get Youth Disability Supplement until you turn 21 years of age. Once you’re 21 years of age, you’ll receive a different rate of Disability Support Pension.
When you claim a Centrelink payment, your eligibility for Youth Disability Supplement is assessed at the same time.
You need to tell us if you don't want to receive Youth Disability Supplement.
Outcome of claims
If you’re eligible for Youth Disability Supplement we’ll let you know when your payment will start and how much you’ll be paid.
If you disagree with a decision we make
You always have the right to appeal any decision we make. Read more about:
Managing your payment
You need to tell us if your circumstances change while you’re receiving Youth Disability Supplement.
For example, you need to tell us if:
- your income changes
- you start working
- you change address, or
- you go overseas
You need to let us know any changes within 14 days in case they affect your payments. If you don't tell us about the changes, you may be overpaid and you’ll have to pay the money back.
If you deliberately don’t tell us about changes, you could be charged with fraud.
You may have to pay a recovery fee if you give us incorrect information about your employment income.
There is support to help you manage your money if you have overdrawn your bank, building society or credit union account.