Youth Allowance

Financial help if you’re either 24 or younger and a student or Australian Apprentice, or 21 or younger and looking for work.

Eligibility basics

  • 16 to 21 and looking for full time work, or
  • 18 to 24 and studying full time, or
  • 16 to 24 and a full time Australian Apprentice, or
  • 16 to 17 and independent or needing to live away from home to study
From 1 July 2018, there are new rules and stronger penalties for job seekers who don’t meet their requirements. Read more about new rules for job seekers who miss requirements.
From 1 July 2018, you may need to meet with an Employment Services Provider before you get your first payment. Read more about changes to getting your first Newstart and Youth Allowance payment.

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Page last updated: 18 June 2018