Financial help if you’re 24 or younger and studying, an Australian Apprentice, looking for work or sick.
- 16 to 21 and looking for full time work, or
- 18 to 24 and studying full time, or
- 16 to 24 and a full time Australian Apprentice, or
- 16 to 17 and independent or needing to live away from home to study
Eligibility & payment rates
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.
How to claim for job seekers
Complete the following steps to claim Youth Allowance for job seekers. Before you start, check if you can get it.
How to claim for students and apprentices
There are 6 steps to claim Youth Allowance for students and apprentices. Before you start, check if you can get it.
Managing your payment
Change of circumstances
You must tell us if things change as it may affect your payment.
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.
You may get part of your income support early. This is an advance payment. You pay it back later out of your payments from us.
While travelling outside Australia
To get your payment while outside Australia, you must remain eligible for Youth Allowance.
Not meeting mutual obligation requirements
Not meeting your mutual obligation requirements as a job seeker can affect your Centrelink Payment.
Weekly payment option
Some people can get income support payments each week instead of each fortnight.
How much you or your partner earn affects your payment. We need to know what you and your partner earn so we pay you the right amount.
My bank account is overdrawn
You can get help to manage your money if your bank account is overdrawn.
Online review of study details
We may send a letter to your myGov inbox asking you to complete an online review of your study details.
Lets you keep more of your income support payment and benefits while you're working.
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