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.

Payment 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:

  • are a registered and active foster carer
  • home school your children
  • teach your children by distance education
  • care for a large family, where you’re the main carer of 4 or more dependent children younger than 16 years, or 16 to 19 years and in secondary school, or
  • care for a related child you’re not the parent of, as directed by a Parenting Order through Family Court
$776.10

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.

Payment reviews

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.

Page last updated: 20 March 2019

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