How much you can get

We use income tests to work out how much Youth Allowance for students and Australian Apprentices 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.

Payment rates

These rates are a guide only.

Your circumstances Your maximum fortnightly payment
Single, no children, younger than 18, and live at your parent’s home. $803.20 includes:
  • $253.20 Youth Allowance
  • $550 Coronavirus Supplement.
Single, no children, younger than 18, living away from your parent’s home to study, train or look for work. $1,012.50 includes:
  • $462.50 Youth Allowance
  • $550 Coronavirus Supplement.
Single, no children, 18 or older and live at parent’s home. $854.60 includes:
  • $304.60 Youth Allowance
  • $550 Coronavirus Supplement.
Single, no children, 18 or older and need to live away from parent’s home. $1,012.50 includes:
  • $462.50 Youth Allowance
  • $550 Coronavirus Supplement.
Single, with children. $1,156.00 includes:
  • $606 Youth Allowance
  • $550 Coronavirus Supplement.
Member of a couple, with no children. $1,012.50 includes:
  • $462.50 Youth Allowance
  • $550 Coronavirus Supplement.
Member of a couple, with children. $1,057.90 includes:
  • $507.90 Youth Allowance
  • $550 Coronavirus Supplement.

Personal and partner income tests may affect how much you can get. If you’re dependent, the parental means test will also apply. If you’re younger than 18 and dependent, your parent or guardian will usually get the payment.

Long term income support

Special rates may apply if you’re 22 or older and get an income support payment. You need to have been getting the payment for at least 26 of the last 39 weeks. You need to have been getting the payment before you started your course or apprenticeship. You must not have a dependent child. You must also meet 1 of the following conditions:

  • you’re studying a course which will last at least 12 months.
  • you became an Australian Apprentice after turning 22.

Special rates may also apply if you’re all of the following:

  • you’re 22 or older
  • you don’t have a dependent child
  • English is not your first language
  • you’re studying a course in English.
Your circumstances Your maximum fortnightly payment
Single and live at parents' home $923.70 includes:
  • $373.70 Youth Allowance
  • $550 Coronavirus Supplement.
Single and need to live away from home $1,111.90 includes:
  • $561.90 Youth Allowance
  • $550 Coronavirus Supplement.
Member of a couple, with no children $1,057.90 includes:
  • $507.90 Youth Allowance
  • $550 Coronavirus Supplement.

Payment reviews

Sometimes we review your payment.

The amount you get may change if you or a family member’s circumstances change. Read more about change of circumstances while getting Youth Allowance.

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.

If you’re a student, we’ll ask for details about your future study intentions. We’ll ask you 4 weeks before your course finishes. You can tell us using your Centrelink online account through myGov or the Express Plus mobile app.

Page last updated: 29 May 2020