Residence rules for Youth Allowance

You must be an Australian resident and in Australia on the day you claim Youth Allowance.

Keep in mind, newly arrived residents may have a 104 week waiting period.

If you’re a non-protected Special Category visa holder, and have lived in Australia for at least 10 years without a break since 27 February 2001, you may be able to get Youth Allowance for up to 6 months. This can only happen once.

If you qualify this way, the newly arrived residents waiting period won’t apply.

Page last updated: 30 May 2018