Dependent or independent
If you apply for Youth Allowance as a job seeker, we’ll assess you as being either dependent or independent.
When we consider you dependent
If you’re 21 or younger, you’re dependent unless you meet 1 of the conditions that make you independent. This means your parents’ or guardians’ income may affect if you get a payment and how much you get.
When we consider you independent
There are several reasons we may consider you independent. These include, you:
- can show you’ve supported yourself through work
- meet certain criteria for being in a relationship
- have, or have had, a dependent child.
You may also be independent if you can’t live at home due to extreme circumstances. This includes family breakdown, violence, or serious risk to your safety and wellbeing. A social worker will assess this if you’re younger than 18.
If you get Youth Allowance as a job seeker, there are several reasons we may consider you independent.
Page last updated: 7 December 2020
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