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.
Your maximum payment rate each fortnight includes Youth Allowance and the Coronavirus Supplement. You'll get the supplement at a rate of $250 a fortnight until 31 December 2020. As long as you get $1 of Youth Allowance, we’ll pay this with your normal payment.
From 1 January 2021, your payment will change to the normal Youth Allowance rate for your situation.
|Your circumstances||Your maximum fortnightly payment until 31 December 2020|
|Single, no children, younger than 18, and live at your parent’s home.||
|Single, no children, younger than 18, living away from your parent’s home to study, train or look for work.||
|Single, no children, 18 or older and live at parent’s home.||
|Single, no children, 18 or older and need to live away from parent’s home.||
|Single, with children.||
|Member of a couple, with no children.||
|Member of a couple, with children.||
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.
The amount you get may change if you or a family member’s circumstances change.
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.
There are things you must do to keep getting your Youth Allowance as a job seeker payment.
Page last updated: 25 September 2020
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