Annual parental income reassessment

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

What you need to do

You might get a letter about your parents’ or guardians’ income if you’re dependent and get:

We need to know their income so we can pay you the right amount.

You’ll get the letter in September or October each year. You need to give this letter to your parents or guardians straight away. This is the parents or guardians you normally live with or last lived with. They can check the letter to see what they need to tell us. It will also tell them how to update their income details.

If you don’t get a letter, you don’t need to do anything. We’ve already got the information we need.

Watch our video to learn more about parental income and how the reassessment works.

When we need this information

We need your parents’ or guardians’ details by the due date in the letter we send.

If your parents or guardians don’t update their income details by the due date we may stop or suspend your payment. You may also owe us money.

If you get Youth Allowance

Your parents or guardians need to provide their income by the date in the letter or we’ll suspend your payment.

They’ll then have until mid-December to give us their income details or we’ll cancel your payment.

Your parent or guardian will still have 13 weeks from the date we cancel your payment to provide their income. We can restore your payment within this period without you needing to reapply.

If they still don’t provide their income details within the 13 weeks, you’ll then have to reapply.

If you get ABSTUDY

If you get ABSTUDY your parents or guardians need to give us their income details by 31 December. If they don’t, we may reduce your payment to $0.

If your payment has been reduced to $0

If your payment has been reduced to $0 because your parents didn’t tell us their income, they can still update their income details online. After they do this, we’ll restart your payment if you’re still eligible.

If it’s more than 13 weeks since your payment was reduced to $0, you may need to reapply.

How parents can give us their income details

Your parents can read our information on updating parental income details.

What happens after we review parental income

After we review your parents’ or guardians’ income, we may change your payment rate. If we change your payment rate, when it changes depends on the payment you get.

If you get Youth Allowance, it’ll change from either the start of:

  • your pay period that ends after 1 January if your parents’ income increases by less than 25%, or doesn’t increase
  • your pay period that ends after 30 September if your parents’ income increases more than 25% and is over $70,171.25.

If you get ABSTUDY, it’ll change from either:

  • 1 January if your parents’ income increases by less than 25% or doesn’t increase
  • 1 October if your parents’ income increases more than 25% and is over $70,171.25.

What happens if your parents’ income decreases

In 2022, we calculate your payment by using your parents’ or guardians’ income from the 2020-21 tax year.

Your parents’ income may have decreased since then. We may be able to use their current income to calculate your payment. This includes if their income dropped because of coronavirus (COVID-19).

If your parents want us to use their current income, they’ll need to phone us on your regular payment line. This will be either the Youth and students line or ABSTUDY line.

What to do if you need more time

If you get Youth Allowance or ABSTUDY you may be able to tell us your parents or guardians income later than we requested.

You must have a good reason why you need more time. For example, if your parents can’t do their tax return yet because they’re waiting for information from someone else. You’ll need to phone us on your payment line to talk about this.

Your parents can give us an income estimate until they get their Tax Notice of Assessment from the Australian Taxation Office.

Page last updated: 1 January 2022