When you'll get your first payment
There may be 1 or more waiting periods that apply before you get your first student Youth Allowance payment.
When you’ll get paid
You’ll get your first Youth Allowance payment 2 weeks after we grant your payment. Then each fortnight after that.
We calculate the waiting periods that apply to you when we assess your claim. You can expect to hear from us within 21 days of submitting your claim. The time it takes us to assess your claim doesn’t affect your waiting period.
If you don’t have a waiting period, you’ll get your first payment within 2 weeks once your claim is successful.
We calculate the waiting period that applies to you when we assess your claim. You’ll hear from us as we progress your claim.
- we’ve accepted your claim
- your payment will start
- you need to report
- your first income report is due.
Why you may have to wait
You have savings or other money
If you or your partner have readily available funds over certain limits you may have to wait 1 to 13 weeks. Read about liquid assets waiting periods.
You got a lump sum payment when you left your job
You may have to wait if your employer paid you a lump sum as either:
- annual leave
- a redundancy when you left.
The time you have to wait is relative to the lump sum payment. Read about income maintenance periods.
You’ve had a compensation payment
You may have to wait if you’ve had a lump sum compensation payment. The time you have to wait is relative to your lump sum payment. Use our estimator or contact us for information about your compensation preclusion period.
Other waiting periods
Due to coronavirus these waiting periods don't apply at the moment:
We’ll let you know when these start again.
This waiting period may apply if you or your partner have stopped work and got leave or redundancy payments.
This applies if you or your partner finished seasonal, contract or intermittent work within 6 months of submitting your claim.
There are things you need to do while you’re getting Youth Allowance as a student or an Australian Apprentice.
Page last updated: 25 September 2020
This information was printed 27 February 2021 from https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/youth-allowance-students-and-australian-apprentices/when-youll-get-your-first-payment. It may not include all of the relevant information on this topic. Please consider any relevant site notices at https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/site-notices when using this material.