Youth Allowance for job seekers

Financial help if you’re 21 or younger and looking for work, or temporarily unable to work.

Eligibility basics

  • 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
We’re changing requirements relating to drug or alcohol misuse. Read more about changes to help support people with drug or alcohol misuse.

What you need to do

  1. Check if you can get it.
  2. Follow the steps to claim.
  3. Report and keep your payment.
If you’re 24 or younger and a full time student or Australian Apprentice, read more about Youth Allowance for students and Australian Apprentices.

Page last updated: 31 May 2018