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
From 1 July 2018, there are new rules for job seekers. Read more about the new rules for job seekers who miss requirements and changes to getting your first Newstart and Youth Allowance payment.
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: 22 June 2018