Dependent or independent

If you apply for Youth Allowance as a job seeker, we’ll assess you as being either dependent or independent.

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.

Page last updated: 10 December 2021