How much you can get
We use income and assets tests to work out how much Youth Allowance for job seekers you get. These are the maximum rates.
These rates are a guide only.
|Your circumstances||Your maximum fortnightly payment|
|Single, no children, younger than 18, and live at your parent’s home||$249.20|
|Single, no children, younger than 18, and need to live away from your parent’s home to study, train or look for work||$455.20|
|Single, no children, 18 or older and live at parent’s home||$299.80|
|Single, no children, 18 or older and need to live away from parent’s home||$455.20|
|Single, with children||$596.50|
|Member of a couple, with no children||$455.20|
|Member of a couple, with children||$499.90|
Single, job seeker, principal carer and exempt from Mutual Obligation Requirements because you:
Personal and partner income and assets tests may affect how much you can get. If you’re dependent, the parental income test will also apply. If you’re younger than 18 and dependent, your parent or guardian will usually get the payment.
Sometimes we review your payment.
The amount you get may change if you or a family member’s circumstances change. Read more about change of circumstances while getting Youth Allowance.
If you’re a dependant, we’ll ask for details of your parents’ taxable income in September or October each year. Read more about the annual parental income test reassessment.
If you apply for Youth Allowance, we’ll assess you as being dependent or independent for payment.
If you’re a member of a couple, it can affect what payments you can get and your payment rate.
If you need to live away from your parents' home to look for work, you may get a higher rate of Youth Allowance.
We use income and assets tests to check if you can get Youth Allowance and how much you might get.
If you're dependent and get Youth Allowance or ABSTUDY, we may need your parents’ or guardians’ income details each year.
Page last updated: 20 March 2019