Youth Allowance for job seekers

When you'll get your first payment

There may be one or more waiting periods that apply before you get your first Youth Allowance payment.

When you’ll get paid

Youth Allowance is a fortnightly payment. You’ll get your first payment 2 weeks after your waiting period ends.

We calculate the waiting periods that apply to you when we assess your claim. You can expect to hear from us within 21 days of lodging your claim. The time it takes us to assess your claim doesn’t affect your waiting period.

It’s best to submit your claim as soon as possible after your work ends. This way there may be less time between your last payment from your employer and your first payment from us. We have tips and tools for budgeting and managing your money during this time.

Once you’ve completed your claim check your Centrelink online account through myGov. It will tell you when:

  • we’ve accepted your claim
  • your payment will start, and
  • your first income report is due

You’ll need to start reporting before we can make your first payment.

We’ll give you more details during your phone appointment with us.

Why you may have to wait

You haven’t been to your Employment Services Provider

At your interview with us, we may arrange an appointment with an Employment Services Provider for you. You’ll usually have to wait until you’ve been to your provider before we make your first payment. If you can’t make this appointment or you missed it, contact your provider.

Most people will have a 1 week ordinary waiting period. Sometimes you may have to wait longer than this.

You have savings or other money

If you or your partner have readily available funds over certain limits you may have to wait 1 – 13 weeks. Read more about liquid assets waiting periods.

You got a lump sum payment when you finished work

If your employer paid you a lump sum such as annual leave or redundancy when you left, you may have to wait a period relative to the lump sum payment. Read more about income maintenance periods.

You left your job voluntarily or lost it due to misconduct

If you chose to leave your job or you lost it due to misconduct you may have to wait depending on the circumstances. Read more about the:

You recently finished seasonal or contract work

If you or your partner finished seasonal, contract or intermittent work in the 6 months before claiming, you may have to wait a period relative to the earnings from this job. Read more about the seasonal work preclusion period.

You recently became a resident of Australia

If you’re a new resident of Australia you may have to wait 104 weeks. Read more about the newly arrived residents waiting period.

You recently moved and it reduced your chances of finding work

If you moved in the 6 months before claiming and it reduced your chances of getting a job you may have to wait 26 weeks. Read more about the moving to an area of lower employment prospects exclusion period.

You’ve had a compensation payment

If you’ve had a lump sum compensation payment you may have to wait a period relative to your lump sum payment. Use our estimator or contact us for information about your compensation preclusion period.

This information was printed Monday 27 May 2019 from It may not include all of the relevant information on this topic. Please consider any relevant site notices at when using this material.

Page last updated: 7 May 2019