Everything you need to know about Youth Allowance

16 October 2020

Leaving year 12? We have resources to help you work out if you can get extra money while you study.

While you’re studying, it’s hard to find time to sift through all the information about what payments you can get. So we’ve done it for you!

We’ve put together some handy lists that cover where to get more information about payments for students and trainees.

Our website

Our website is full of information about our payments for students and trainees. Read all about Youth Allowance for students and Australian Apprentices.

If you’re moving to study, or need more help, you may also be eligible for 1 or more of these:

  • Student Start-up Loan is a voluntary loan for eligible higher education students studying an approved scholarship course
  • Fares Allowance helps with travel costs if you get certain payments and live away from home to study
  • Relocation Scholarship helps with relocation costs to move from some areas if you get certain payments from us
  • Rent Assistance is an additional payment for eligible customers that pay rent.

If you’re an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student or Australian Apprentice, you may want to apply for ABSTUDY instead.


More of a visual learner?

Our eligibility explained video goes into detail about who can get Youth Allowance.

Check it out, the graphics are super cute!


Busy schedule? You can hear from our experts in student payments while on the move. Listen to our Youth Allowance podcast on SoundCloud.

Resource kit

If you’re after more detailed information to share with your friends and classmates, check out our school leavers resource kit.

It has posters, factsheets, social media posts, and a careers factsheet about finding work with the Australian Public Service.

Payment finder and other tools

Now that you know what help you can get while you study, what’s next?

Use our Payment and Service Finder to see which payments and services might be right for you.

Then follow the steps to claim Youth Allowance or another payment. You can do this up to 13 weeks before your study or apprenticeship starts next year.

Next steps

Subscribe to news for students and trainees and we’ll send you regular news highlights.

Page last updated: 14 December 2020