Change of circumstances

You must tell us if things change as it may affect your Youth Allowance payment.

Tell us within 14 days

You need to tell us about any changes to your circumstances within 14 days. This includes your parents’ or guardians’ and partners’ circumstances.

Use the Express Plus Centrelink mobile app or your Centrelink online account through myGov to tell us about changes.

If you don’t tell us, it may affect your payment. You may need to pay back money we’ve paid you. If you are dishonest in order to get a payment, you are committing welfare fraud. Read more about how to avoid committing fraud.

It’s important you tell us about any changes. Here are some examples.

Study

Tell us if any of these things happen. You:

  • change your course
  • study at a different institution
  • reduce your study or training workload
  • stop studying
  • stop being a full time Australian Apprentice
  • don’t start your course within 3 weeks of it starting.

Employment

Tell us if any of these things happen. You:

  • change your work hours, start or stop work
  • change your income or assets
  • get income from outside Australia
  • change jobs
  • get compensation, leave or redundancy payments
  • start or stop getting other financial help to complete your course or apprenticeship.

If you’re reporting income to us for the first time, contact us to set up self service options.

Personal

Tell us if any of these things happen:

  • you change your address or contact details
  • you move back to your parents' or guardians’ home
  • you marry or start living with your partner
  • you separate from your partner
  • you’re sick or injured and can’t continue your study
  • you move into or out of long term care, like a nursing home or hostel
  • you’re in lawful custody
  • you start or stop getting a pension, benefit or allowance.

If you get Rent Assistance, you also need to tell us if any of these things happen. You:

  • stop paying rent, or the amount of rent you pay changes
  • start paying rent to a state, territory or Commonwealth Housing Authority
  • move in with your parent or guardian.

Child

Tell us if any of these things happen:

  • your dependent child or immediate family member dies
  • you have a child or take care of a child who is 16 years of age or younger
  • your dependent child who is 16 years of age or younger leaves home, or gets a pension, benefit or allowance
  • your dependent child is in custody on remand, in a psychiatric institution or in prison.

Partner

Tell us if your partner does any of these things. They:

  • start or stop working
  • have income or assets change
  • get ABSTUDY, a pension, benefit or allowance
  • die.

Parents or guardians

Tell us if your parents or guardians do any of these things. They:

  • change their address
  • marry or start living with their partner
  • separate from their partner
  • have changes to their income
  • have a dependent child who leaves their care or comes into their care
  • are, or are no longer, in custody, in a psychiatric institution, nursing home or similar.

Page last updated: 11 November 2019