Who can get it

You need to meet some rules to get Youth Allowance as a job seeker.

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.

The rules you need to meet to get Youth Allowance as a job seeker depend on your situation.

You must be between 16 and 21 and meet both of these:

You also need to meet rules for 1 of these situations:

  • You meet our definition of unemployed and you’re looking for work.
  • You’re sick or injured and are unable to do your usual work or study for a short time.

You may also be able to get this payment if your work situation changes because of coronavirus (COVID 19).

This change can be for 1 of the following reasons. You’re:

  • a permanent employee and have lost your job
  • a sole trader, self-employed, a casual or contact worker and your income has reduced
  • caring for someone who’s affected by coronavirus.

If we consider you unemployed and you’re looking for work

If you’re unemployed, or you’re not in full time work, you may get Youth Allowance as a job seeker. This can include if you’re doing part time or casual work.

If you get Youth Allowance and you earn income over a certain amount, it will affect how much you get. Read more about personal income test.

If you're dependent and get Youth Allowance, we may need your parents’ or guardians’ income details each year.

You can use our Payment and Service Finder to help check if you can get a payment. You can also check what you can get if you’re affected by coronavirus.

If you’re sick or injured and can’t do your usual work or study

You may be sick or injured, which stops you from doing your usual work or study for a short time. In this case, you may get Youth Allowance as a job seeker. You’ll need to meet certain rules and give us a medical certificate.

If you can’t work or study because of coronavirus you won’t need to give us a medical certificate.

If you’re 24 or younger and a full time student or Australian Apprentice, read about Youth Allowance for students and apprentices. This may be a better payment for your situation.

Page last updated: 25 May 2020