Youth Allowance for job seekers
Financial help if you’re 21 or younger and looking for work, or temporarily unable to work.
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To get this payment, you must be 16 to 21 and 1 of the following:
- looking for full time work
- studying part time and looking for work
- temporarily unable to work or study.
Read the full conditions under who can get it.
Read more about Youth Allowance for students and Australian Apprentices if you’re both:
- aged 24 or younger
- a full time student or Australian Apprentice.
This may be better for your situation.
We use income and assets tests to work out how much Youth Allowance for job seekers you get. These are the maximum rates.
There are things you must do to keep getting your Youth Allowance as a job seeker payment.
Complete the following steps to claim Youth Allowance for job seekers. Before you start, check if you can get it.
There may be one or more waiting periods that apply before you get your first job seekers Youth Allowance payment.
To keep getting Youth Allowance for job seekers payment you need to report you and your partner's income every 2 weeks. You also need to keep meeting your mutual obligation requirements.
Page last updated: 1 October 2021
This information was printed 25 October 2021 from https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/youth-allowance-job-seekers. It may not include all of the relevant information on this topic. Please consider any relevant site notices at https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/site-notices when using this material.