Youth Allowance for students and Australian Apprentices

Higher payment rates when living away from home

If you need to live away from your parents' home to study, do your Australian Apprenticeship or train, you may get a higher rate of Youth Allowance.

Tertiary students

If you’re dependent, you may be eligible if:

  • it takes longer than 90 minutes to travel from your parents' home to your place of study by public transport
  • it’s compulsory to live at your education institution while you study, or
  • you’re doing part of your Australian approved course at an overseas institution.

If you’re independent, you’ll get the higher rate if you live away from your parents' home.

Secondary students

You may be eligible if:

  • it takes longer than 90 minutes to travel from your parents' home to your place of study by public transport
  • your parents’ home is in an isolated area. For example, at least 56 km from an appropriate government school, or you can’t get to school because of blocked roads for 20 school days a year
  • your parents' home isn’t a suitable place to study, for example, due to family conflict or illness
  • you have disability and your parents' home is away from facilities you need
  • you’re in Year 11 or 12 and your parents move out of the area, or
  • you need to live away from your parents’ home as an equivalent course isn’t available nearby.

If you choose not to go to an appropriate government school in your area you won’t get a higher rate.

Australian Apprentices

You may get the higher rate if you need to live away from your parents' home to do your apprenticeship.

More help

If you pay rent and get Youth Allowance as a student or Australian Apprentice, you may get Rent Assistance.

If you’re a full time student living away from home, you may get:

Page last updated: 31 October 2018