Timeline of upcoming changes



    The Coronavirus Supplement of $550 per fortnight is available until 24 September 2020. It's been extended until 31 December at a rate of $250 per fortnight.

    The asset test waiver ends in September. This affects you if you’re getting Youth Allowance, Austudy or ABSTUDY.

    We'll suspend payments from 25 September 2020 if no asset information given. Payments are then cancelled after 13 weeks of suspension.

    We'll cancel payments from 25 September 2020 if your asset value is over the limits. We'll contact you to ask you to update your asset details online before 24 September 2020.

    Asset test limits will apply from 25 September 2020. On 25 September 2020 we’ll reintroduce the liquid assets waiting period for new claims.

    If you’re getting Youth Allowance or ABSTUDY and are dependent, we’ll send you a letter asking your parents or guardians to complete a parental income test reassessment. Your parents or guardians need to follow the instructions or we may stop your payment



    Get your claim in early. We provide help for students, trainees and Australian Apprentices. You can claim a payment up to 13 weeks before you start your course or Australian Apprenticeship.



    If you work while you’re studying, there are changes to the way you report your income. From 7 December 2020, you’ll need to tell us the gross employment income you’ve been paid in your reporting period.

    Your reporting and payment dates may change when we close for national public holidays.

    Our temporary waiver for the following waiting periods ends on 31 December 2020:

    • Newly Arrived Resident’s Waiting Period
    • Seasonal Work Preclusion Period.

    After this date, these waiting periods might apply to you.

    The Coronavirus Supplement ends on 31 December 2020.

Page last updated: 4 September 2020