You need to meet eligibility requirements to get Youth Allowance, and how much you'll get.
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Who can get it
To get Youth Allowance you must meet certain criteria.
Dependent or independent
If you apply for Youth Allowance, you’ll be assessed as being dependent or independent for payment.
Income and assets test
We assess your eligibility and payment amount using income and asset tests.
On the day you claim Youth Allowance you must be an Australian resident and in Australia.
Approved courses and institutions
You must study an approved course at an approved institution to get Youth Allowance as a student, Austudy, or Pensioner Education Supplement.
We use income and assets tests to work out how much Youth Allowance you get. These are the maximum rates.
You may have to wait before your payments start.
Higher payment rates when living away from home
If you need to live away from your parents' home to study, train or look for work, you may get a higher rate of Youth Allowance.
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.
Allowable time for study
Your student payment is not paid indefinitely. The amount of time you can get your payment is called allowable time.
Distance and online education for tertiary and secondary students
If you study by distance education, you need to do an approved course with an approved institution.