There are things you need to do while you’re getting Youth Allowance for job seekers, including looking for work.
To keep your payment you'll need to:
- report your income for the past 14 days every 2 weeks
- keep your commitments by completing activities you agreed to in your Job Plan
- tell us about any changes to your circumstances
- tell us if you’re going overseas
Report your income
Every 2 weeks you need to tell us what you and your partner earned in the last 14 days.
You must report even if you didn’t earn anything.
We’ll tell you which dates you must report on.
You can report:
- through your Centrelink online account
- using the Express Plus Centrelink mobile app
- by calling 133 276 (13 EARN)
- at a service centre
Read about how to report the right amount.
Working Credit lets you keep more of your income support payment and benefits while you're working.
Read more about Working Credit.
When you go on Youth Allowance as a job seeker you make a Job Plan with us or your employment services provider.
Your Job Plan sets out the things you agree to do to give you the best chance of getting a job. This could be applying for jobs, training or studying.
When you report your income every 2 weeks you also confirm you’re doing what your Job Plan says.
Your employment services provider will tell us if you haven’t done what your Job Plan says.
If you don’t do these things
If you don’t report every 2 weeks your payment will stop. If you report late, your payment will be late.
If you don’t do the things in your Job Plan we can reduce or stop your payments.
You may even end up with a debt you'll need to repay.
In this section
How much you or your partner earn affects your payment. We need to know what you and your partner earn so we pay you the right amount.
Change of circumstances
You must tell us if things change as it may affect your payment.
Travelling outside Australia
To get your payment while outside Australia, you must remain eligible for Youth Allowance.
Lets you keep more of your income support payment and benefits while you're working.
Cancelling your payment online
You may be able to cancel your own payment online. This means you don’t need to visit a service centre or call us. Cancelling your payment is fast and easy and helps you avoid a debt.