How much you can get
We use income and assets tests to work out how much Youth Allowance for job seekers you get. These are the maximum rates.
From late April 2020, your maximum payment rate each fortnight includes your Youth Allowance payment and the Coronavirus Supplement. Your payment will change back to just Youth Allowance when the supplement stops. This will be when the coronavirus pandemic ends.
You may also get a separate Economic Support Payment. We’ll pay this straight into your bank account if you can get it. You don’t need to do anything.
|Your circumstances||Maximum payment each fortnight|
|Single, no children, younger than 18, and live at your parent’s home.||$803.90 includes:
|Single, no children, younger than 18, living away from your parent’s home to study, train or look for work.||$1,012.50 includes:
|Single, no children, 18 or older and live at parent’s home.||$854.60 includes:
|Single, no children, 18 or older and need to live away from parent’s home.||$1,012.50 includes:
|Single, with children.||$1,156.00 includes:
|Member of a couple, with no children.||$1,012.50 includes:
|Member of a couple, with children.||$1,057.90 includes:
Single, job seeker, principal carer and exempt from mutual obligation requirements because you:
You’re a single, job seeker, exempt from mutual obligation requirements because you’re the main carer of a large family. This means 4 or more dependent children younger than 16 or 16 to 19 in secondary school.
Personal and partner income and assets tests may affect how much you can get. If you use your income protection insurance, we’ll count it as income. This may affect how much you get.
If you’re dependent, the parental income test will also apply. If you’re younger than 18 and dependent, your parent or guardian will usually get the payment. If you’re a dependant, we’ll ask for details of your parents’ taxable income in September or October each year. Read more about the annual parental income test reassessment.
The amount you get may change if you or a family member’s circumstances change. Read what changes of circumstances you need to tell us.
We use income tests to see if you’re eligible for a payment and work out how much you’ll get.
If you apply for Youth Allowance, we’ll assess you as being dependent or independent for a payment.
If you’re a member of a couple, it can affect what payments you can get and your payment rate.
You may get a higher rate of Youth Allowance. This is if you need to live away from your parents' home to look for work.
If you're dependent and get Youth Allowance or ABSTUDY, we may need your parents’ or guardians’ income details each year.
There may be 1 or more waiting periods that apply before you get your first Youth Allowance payment.
You may get part of your income support payment or Family Tax Benefit (Part A) early. This is an advance payment. You pay it back later out of your payments from us.
Page last updated: 29 May 2020
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