Change of circumstances

You must tell us if things change as it may affect your Youth Allowance payment.

Why you need to tell us about changes within 14 days

You need to tell us about any changes to your circumstances within 14 days, in accordance with social security law. These changes include your parents’ or guardians’ and partners’ circumstances.

If you don’t tell us, it may affect your payment. You may need to pay back money we’ve paid you. If you’re dishonest in order to get a payment, you’re committing welfare fraud. Read more about how to avoid committing fraud.

What you need to tell us

Here are some examples of changes you must tell us about.

Changes to your employment

Tell us if any of these happen:

  • your work hours change
  • you start or stop work
  • you change jobs
  • you get compensation, leave or redundancy payments.

If your personal situation changes

You need to tell us if your personal situation changes. This could be a change to where you live, your family situation, finances, work or study.

You need to give us proof of your rental arrangements to get Rent Assistance.

If your home situation changes

You need to tell us about changes such as:

  • you can’t work or study for a short time
  • you change your address or contact details
  • you move back to your parents’ or guardians’ home
  • you change the parent you’re living with
  • your accommodation details
  • you move into or out of long term care, like a nursing home or hostel, due to injury or disability
  • your living arrangements if you’re single and start sharing your accommodation with a non family member who’s 16 or older
  • you’re leaving the country, for a short time, or to live somewhere else
  • you’re in lawful custody.

Changes about Rent Assistance

If you get rent assistance, you also need to tell us if any of these happen. You:

  • stop paying rent, or the amount of rent you pay changes
  • start paying rent to a state, territory or Commonwealth Housing Authority
  • move in with your parent or guardian.

If your relationship changes

You need to tell us about changes such as:

  • you marry or start living with your partner
  • you separate from your partner.

You need to complete the:

If your financial situation changes

You need to tell us about changes like any of these:

  • your bank details
  • you or your partner open or close a bank account
  • a change to you or your partner’s income or financial assets of more than $2,000
  • you get income from outside Australia
  • buying or selling a car, house or other assets.

You can manage your income and asset details through your Centrelink online account.

If your personal, work or study situation changes

You need to tell us about changes like any of these:

  • you change or correct your name
  • your study, including any changes to your study load
  • you’re sick, injured or unable to do your usual mutual obligation requirements, work or study for a short time
  • you start or stop getting a pension, benefit or allowance.

You can also update your gender identity if you choose to do so.

You’ll need to give us a medical certificate if you’re sick or injured.

If your family situation changes

You need to tell us about changes to your family situation. This includes if an immediate family member dies.

Changes about a child

Tell us if any of these happen:

  • you have a child or take care of a dependant child who is 16 years of age or younger
  • your dependent child dies
  • your dependent child who is 16 years of age or younger leaves home, or gets a pension, benefit or allowance
  • your dependent child is in custody on remand, in a psychiatric institution or in prison.

Changes about your partner

Tell us if your partner does any of these things. They:

  • start or stop working
  • have income or assets change
  • get ABSTUDY, a pension, benefit or allowance.

You must also tell us within 14 days if your partner dies. Recognising this will be a difficult time for you, we have advice and help on what to do when a loved one dies.

Changes to your parents’ or guardians’ situation

Tell us if your parents or guardians do any of these things. They:

  • change their address
  • marry or start living with their partner
  • separate from their partner
  • have changes to their income
  • have a dependent child who leaves their care or comes into their care
  • are, or are no longer, in custody, in a psychiatric institution, nursing home or similar.

If you need to change or correct your name

It’s important to tell us if you change your legal name.

To change or correct your legal name, we’ll need:

  • an original document issued by a state or territory Births, Deaths and Marriages registry
  • your consent to verify the document.

You need to bring your document to a service centre so we can update our records.

How to tell us

You can tell us about a change to your circumstances using one of these self-service options:

Read more about what you can do using self service.

If you don’t have access to a self service option please call the job seekers line.

Page last updated: 7 September 2022