On the day you claim Youth Allowance you must be an Australian resident, and in Australia.
You must continue to meet the residence rules for as long as you get this payment.
You may be able to get Youth Allowance for up to 6 months, if both of the following apply. You:
- hold a non-protected Special Category visa (SCV)
- have lived continuously in Australia for at least 10 years immediately before claiming.
Non-protected SCV holders may only get Youth Allowance for a single period up to 6 months.
If you qualify this way, the newly arrived residents waiting period won’t apply.
If you've recently arrived as a resident in Australia, you may have to wait to get payments or concession cards.
You usually need to be an Australian resident to get a payment from us. This page explains how we define an Australian resident.
Page last updated: 22 August 2019