Who can get it
Check if you're eligible to get Youth Allowance as a student or an Australian Apprentice.
To get Youth Allowance as a student or an Australian Apprentice you must be one of the following:
- 18 to 24 and studying full time
- 16 to 24 and doing a full time Australian Apprenticeship
- 16 to 17 and independent or needing to live away from home to study
16 to 17, studying full time and have completed year 12 or equivalent.
You may stay on Youth Allowance after you turn 25 until you finish your course or apprenticeship. You must also:
- meet Australian residence rules
- satisfy income and assets tests, and
- be doing an approved course or full time Australian Apprenticeship.
You can use our Payment and Service Finder to help check if you’re eligible.
We have 6 profiles of common types of students. See if they match your situation.
On the day you claim Youth Allowance you must be an Australian resident, and in Australia.
You must study an approved course at an approved institution to get Youth Allowance as a student, Austudy, or Pensioner Education Supplement.
Information about Limited program schools for ABSTUDY, Assistance for Isolated Children and Youth Allowance for students and Australian Apprentices.
If you study by distance education, you need to do an approved course with an approved institution.
Most people need to study full time to get Austudy or Youth Allowance as a student. To work out if you’re full time you need to know your study load.
You won’t get your payment indefinitely. The amount of time you can get your payment is called allowable time.
Page last updated: 13 June 2019