Are you turning 22? Claim early as independent

12 December 2019

You don’t need to wait. You can claim as independent for a student payment 13 weeks before your 22nd birthday.

There may be lots of milestones in your life, but we consider you independent when you turn 22.

If you’re already getting Youth Allowance or ABSTUDY you don’t need to do anything. We’ll consider you independent on your 22nd birthday. We’ll stop taking into account the income your parents earn.

If you’re not already getting a student payment, you may want to apply as independent. In that case, don’t wait until your birthday comes round. You can apply up to 13 weeks before you turn 22.

When you’re going through the online claim, we can tell that your birthday is coming up. You can ask us to assess you as independent from your 22nd birthday. This means you don’t have to supply us with your parents’ or guardians’ income details.

If you’re eligible, you’ll start getting paid as an independent student when you turn 22.

How much you get paid depends on your circumstances. If you’re already getting a payment, your amount may not change when turn 22.

Read more about being independent for Youth Allowance or independent for ABSTUDY.

To get Youth Allowance or ABSTUDY you need to be studying an approved course. You also need to meet all other eligibility requirements.

The best way to check if you can get a payment is the Payment and Service Finder.

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Page last updated: 12 December 2019