Dependent or independent

If you apply for Youth Allowance as a student or Australian Apprentice, 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 one of the conditions that make you independent. This means your parents’ or guardians’ income may affect your payment and how much you get.

When we consider you independent

You may also be independent if you can show you support yourself through work.

You may be independent if you’re in state care, or 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.

Page last updated: 15 February 2021