How much you can get

We use income and assets tests to work out how much Youth Allowance for students and Australian Apprentices you get. These are the maximum rates.

We update rates on 20 March and 20 September each year.

Your maximum payment rate each fortnight includes Youth Allowance and the Coronavirus Supplement.

You'll get the supplement at a rate of $150 a fortnight until 31 March 2021.

Your first payment in April may include a partial increase to your regular payment amount and a final Coronavirus Supplement payment. This applies if your reporting date is on or before 13 April 2021. You’ll only get the Coronavirus Supplement if you get at least $1 of your regular payment.

The regular payment rate increased from 1 April 2021 by $50 per fortnight.

Payment rates

The table is a guide only.

Your circumstances Your maximum fortnightly payment from 1 April 2021

Single, no children, younger than 18, and live at your parent’s home

$303.20

Single, no children, younger than 18, living away from your parent’s home to study, train or look for work

$512.50

Single, no children, 18 or older and live at your parent’s home

$354.60

Single, no children, 18 or older and need to live away from your parent’s home

$512.50

Single, with children

$656.00

A couple, with no children

$512.50

A couple, with children

$557.90

Personal and partner income and assets 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 also need to have been getting the payment before you started your course or Australian 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 from 1 April 2021

Single and live at your parents' home

$423.70

Single and need to live away from home

$611.90

A couple, with no children

$557.90

Payment reviews

Sometimes we review your payment.

The amount you get may change if you or a family member’s circumstances change.

If you’re a dependant, we’ll ask for details of your parents’ taxable income in September or October each year.

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.

Next: How to claim

Complete the following steps to claim Youth Allowance for students and Australian Apprentices. Before you start, check if you can get it.

Page last updated: 1 April 2021