The commencement of the 2014-15 Budget measure, Increase the age of eligibility for Newstart Allowance and Sickness Allowance, will be delayed until 1 July 2016.
Description of the measure
Details of the measure include:
- the maximum age of eligibility for Youth Allowance (other) will be increased to 24 years of age (currently 21 years of age) and the minimum age of eligibility for Newstart Allowance and Sickness Allowance will be increased to 25 years of age (currently 22 years of age)
- the maximum age of eligibility for the Youth Disability Supplement will be increased to 24 years of age (currently 21 years of age)
Under this measure, the age of independence for young people (the age at which recipients are no longer subject to parental means testing), will remain at 22 years for Youth Allowance (other), consistent with the rules for Youth Allowance (student).
For more information about the 2014-15 Budget measure-Increasing the age of eligibility for Newstart Allowance and Sickness Allowance visit our website.
Questions and answers
Who is affected by this measure
There will be no change to the age at which a person is considered independent. If you are 22 years or over you are automatically considered independent.
Who is eligible for this measure
Job seekers who are aged between 22 and 24 will need to apply for Youth Allowance (other).
Existing recipients aged 22 to 24 years of age on 30 June 2016 will continue to receive payments under ‘grandfathering’ arrangements until they lose qualification.
The date this measure will start and finish
This measure will start on 1 July 2016 and is ongoing.