If you’re from a rural or remote area you may be considered independent sooner.
From 1 January 2018, we may consider you independent for Youth Allowance or ABSTUDY Living Allowance if:
- you're from a rural or remote area, and
- you earn a certain amount of income in a 14 month period after leaving secondary school
Currently, you needed to earn this amount in 18 months.
You still need to earn the same amount, just in a shorter period of time.
How long you have to earn after leaving school—from 1 Jan 18, you’ll have 14 months to earn instead of 18 months.
What isn’t changing?
You still need to:
be from a rural or remote area
earn the same amount, and
meet the other conditions to be considered independent
For most eligible students, this means you can start study sooner. It also aligns with the start of the school year if you’re taking a gap year.
If you left secondary school in 2016 and are working toward the current rules, now’s the time to think about what this means for you.
Check your independence through work history using the online tool.
If you can’t get Youth Allowance or ABSTUDY, you may be able to get a Low Income Health Care Card.
Contact us to discuss your situation and options.
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