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.

You may get JobKeeper payment through your employer. You need to check with them before you claim a payment with us. Read how JobKeeper payment could affect you.

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.

$503.20 includes:

  • $253.20 Youth Allowance
  • $250 Coronavirus Supplement.
Single, no children, younger than 18, living away from your parent’s home to study, train or look for work.

$712.50 includes:

  • $462.50 Youth Allowance
  • $250 Coronavirus Supplement.
Single, no children, 18 or older and live at parent’s home.

$554.60 includes:

  • $304.60 Youth Allowance
  • $250 Coronavirus Supplement.
Single, no children, 18 or older and need to live away from parent’s home.

$712.50 includes:

  • $462.50 Youth Allowance
  • $250 Coronavirus Supplement.
Single, with children.

$856.00 includes:

  • $606 Youth Allowance
  • $250 Coronavirus Supplement.
Member of a couple, with no children.

$712.50 includes:

  • $462.50 Youth Allowance
  • $250 Coronavirus Supplement.
Member of a couple, with children.

$757.90 includes:

  • $507.90 Youth Allowance
  • $250 Coronavirus Supplement.

Single, job seeker, principal carer and exempt from mutual obligation requirements because you:

  • are a registered and active foster carer
  • home school your children
  • teach your children by distance education
  • care for a related child you’re not the parent of, as directed by a Parenting Order through Family Court.

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.

$1043.10 includes:

  • $793.10 Youth allowance
  • $250 Coronavirus Supplement.

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.

Next: What your commitments are

There are things you must do to keep getting your Youth Allowance as a job seeker payment.

Page last updated: 25 September 2020