Financial help if you’re 21 or younger and looking for work, or temporarily unable to work.
- you're 16 to 21, and
- looking for full time work or doing approved activities, or
- studying part time and looking for work, or
- temporarily unable to work
What you need to do
If you’re 24 or younger and a full time student or Australian Apprentice, read more about Youth Allowance for students and Australian Apprentices.
In this section
Who can get it
Check if you're eligible to get Youth Allowance as a job seeker.
How much you can get
We use income and assets tests to work out how much Youth Allowance for students and Australian Apprentices you get. These are the maximum rates.
You need to actively look for work while you’re getting Youth Allowance for job seekers.
How to claim
Complete the following steps to claim Youth Allowance for job seekers. Before you start, check if you can get it.
When you'll get your first payment
There may be one or more waiting periods that apply before you get your first Youth Allowance payment.
How to report and manage your payment
There are things you need to do while you’re getting Youth Allowance for job seekers, including looking for work.
What other services are available
There are a range of other services to help you manage your Youth Allowance payment for job seekers, or get extra support.
What information relates
We have other payments, services and subjects to help you with Youth Allowance.