Independent through work
You may be independent if you’ve supported yourself through work.
This is if you’ve supported yourself in 1 of these ways:
- doing a work related activity for 3 of the last 4 years
- working full time for 18 months within a 2 year period
- earning at least $15,000 in seasonal agricultural work.
If you’re from a rural and remote area you could also have either:
- worked part time for at least 2 years
- been employed within a 14 month period and earned 75% or more of the National Training Wage.
We recognise coronavirus (COVID-19) may impact your ability to be independent through work. We’ll automatically include a 6 month period of work in 2020 if you claim as an independent from 1 January 2021.
You may be independent by doing a work related activity. You must have been doing it for at least 3 out of the last 4 years.
You may be independent if you worked full time. You must have worked an average of 30 hours a week for at least 18 months within any 2 year period.
You may be independent through work if you’re a student from a rural or remote area.
Page last updated: 7 December 2020
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