When we consider you dependent
If you’re 21 or younger, you’re dependent unless you meet 1 of the conditions that make you independent. This means your parents’ or guardians’ income may affect if you get a payment and how much you get.
When we consider you independent
There are several reasons we may consider you independent. These include, you:
- can show you’ve supported yourself through work
- meet certain criteria for being in a relationship
- have, or have had, a dependent child.
You may also be independent if you can’t live at home due to extreme circumstances. This includes family breakdown, violence, or serious risk to your safety and wellbeing. A social worker will assess this if you’re younger than 18.