There are 6 steps to claim Youth Allowance. Before you start, check if you can get it.
You can claim Youth Allowance up to 13 weeks before you start your course or apprenticeship if you:
- plan to study full time, or
- are doing a full time Australian Apprenticeship
Watch our video about claiming Youth Allowance.
If you want to claim as independent because you’re turning 22, you can submit your claim up to 13 weeks before your birthday. If you claim early, you can start getting the independent rate as soon as you turn 22.
If you claim as dependent, your parents or guardians will need to provide their financial details to us. Read more on Dependent or independent for Youth Allowance.
If you’re a job seeker, you can claim before your last day of work. To claim early as a job seeker, visit a service centre.
Steps to claim Youth Allowance
1. Create accounts and link them
If you've never claimed before, you need to create a Centrelink account by bringing 3 documents to prove your identity to a service centre. Make sure one of your identity documents is a photo ID like a driver licence or passport.
You'll need to link this account to your myGov account.
2. Get your documents ready
You'll need some documents to prove you can get Youth Allowance. The information on this page will help you get some of your documents together before you start.
4. Provide the documents
Submit the documents we ask for to support your claim. You’ll need to do this before you can submit your claim.
You can upload documents with your Centrelink online account through myGov or the Express Plus Centrelink mobile app.
5. Track your claim
You can check the progress of your claim using your Express Plus Centrelink mobile app or your Centrelink online account through myGov.
If you’re using the app, click on the menu and select View my claim. If you’re using your online account, the home page will show the progress of your claim. Once it’s finalised, this page will show either Approved or Rejected.
You’ll see an estimated date of completion for your claim in your online account. We aim to have all claims completed by this date however, in busy periods, it may take a little longer.
If your circumstances change after you submit your claim, let us know by phoning or visiting us at a service centre.
6. Check your myGov Inbox
We’ll let you know the result of your claim through your myGov Inbox.
This might include:
- if your claim is successful
- when your payment starts
- how much you'll get
If we need more information we will send a message to your myGov Inbox.
If you think we’ve made a mistake you can ask us to review our decision.