Youth Allowance

Annual parental income test reassessment

If you're dependent and you get Youth Allowance or ABSTUDY, we may need your parents’ or guardians’ income details each year.

What the reassessment is

The annual parental income test reassessment is a review of your parents’ or guardians’ income. This includes:

  • parental income for the last financial year, and
  • any voluntary maintenance income your parents get

We assess your parents’ or guardians’ income using the parental income test for Youth Allowance and the parental income test for ABSTUDY.

If we need your parents or guardians to complete this reassessment we'll send you a letter. You’ll get it in September or early October. Give your parents or guardians the letter straight away so they can give us the information we need.

Your parents or guardians need to complete the reassessment by the due date on your letter. If they don’t, we’ll stop your:

You may also miss out on other services or payments.

How to complete the annual reassessment

Your parents or guardians can complete the reassessment online.

Instructions for parents and guardians

If your child got a letter asking for your income details, you need to follow the instructions below.

You won’t need to update your income details if you:

  • get your Notice of Assessment from the Australian Tax Office by 31 October, and
  • got Family Tax Benefit in the 2016-17 year

If you won’t get your Notice of Assessment by 31 October, you’ll need to give us your income details.

You can do this using:

You’ll need your:

  • income details
  • child’s Customer Reference Number (CRN), and
  • child’s name and date of birth

Your income includes:

  • combined taxable income
  • tax free pensions and benefits
  • fringe benefits
  • income from outside Australia
  • reportable superannuation contributions, and
  • net investment losses, including negative gearing for property and shares

If you’ve paid maintenance during the last financial year, the amount you paid will be deducted from your parental income.

To do the reassessment using myGov

  1. Sign in to myGov.
  2. Select Centrelink.
  3. Select Income and Assets from the menu, then select Advise Parental Income.
  4. Select Provide details for a reassessment of your dependent child's Youth Allowance or ABSTUDY payment.
  5. Complete the questions.

To do the reassessment using the OTAC

  1. Go to the Advise Parental Income online service.
  2. Select Provide details for a reassessment of your dependent child's Youth Allowance or ABSTUDY payment.
  3. Select Next.
  4. Select Get started and provide your details.
  5. Select Next.
  6. If your dependent child’s details are displayed, select Next and complete the questions.
  7. If your dependent child isn’t listed, select Add child and provide your details.
  8. Select Yes.
  9. Enter your dependent child's CRN.
  10. Enter your One Time Access Code.
  11. Complete the questions.

To do the reassessment without an OTAC

If you don’t have an OTAC you can do the reassessment using myGov. Or follow the steps below.

  1. Go to the Advise Parental Income online service.
  2. Select Provide details for a reassessment of your dependent child's Youth Allowance or ABSTUDY payment.
  3. Select Next.
  4. Select Get started and provide your details.
  5. Select Next.
  6. If your dependent child’s details are displayed, select Next and complete the questions.
  7. If your dependent child isn’t listed, select Add child and provide your details.
  8. Select No.
  9. Enter your dependent child’s CRN, full name and date of birth.
  10. Complete the questions.

When you haven't lodged your tax return

If you haven't lodged your 2016-17 tax return by the date in your child’s letter, you still need to:

  • do the reassessment online, and
  • provide an estimate of your income

Once you lodge your tax return you’ll get a Notice of Assessment. You need to give us a copy of it within 21 days from the issue date of the Notice of Assessment. Your child will need to submit this document online.

When your income goes up

If your income goes up:

  • more than 25% in a year, we may reduce your child’s payment from 1 October of that year
  • 25% or less, we may reduce your child’s payment from 1 January the next year

Page last updated: 2 May 2018