Youth Allowance for job seekers

Residence rules

You must be an Australian resident and in Australia on the day you claim Youth Allowance.

Keep in mind, newly arrived residents may have a 104 week waiting period.

If you’re a non-protected Special Category visa holder, and have lived in Australia for at least 10 years without a break since 27 February 2001, you may be able to get Youth Allowance for up to 6 months. This can only happen once.

If you qualify this way, the newly arrived residents waiting period won’t apply.

Page last updated: 30 May 2018