Change of circumstances while getting Youth Allowance

You must tell us if things change as it may affect your Youth Allowance payment.

Tell us within 14 days

You need to tell us about any changes to your circumstances within 14 days. This includes your parents’ or guardians’ and partners’ circumstances.

We encourage you not to come to a service centre during this period. You can make updates online. Use the Express Plus Centrelink mobile app or your Centrelink online account through myGov to tell us about changes.

If you don’t tell us, it may affect your payment. You may need to pay back money we’ve paid you. If you're dishonest in order to get a payment, you are committing welfare fraud. Read more about how to avoid committing fraud.

It’s important you tell us about any changes. Here are some examples.

Study

Tell us if any of these things happen. You:

  • change your course
  • study at a different institution
  • reduce your study or training workload, so you’re no longer studying a full time study load
  • stop studying and don’t plan to return to study
  • stop being a full time Australian Apprentice
  • don’t start your course within 2 weeks of it starting
  • are getting the away from home rate of payment from us and not maintaining your term address.

Maintaining your term address means keeping the address, for example by still paying rent. You may want to do this even if you’ve moved back home during the term due to coronavirus.

You'll keep getting your student payment if you stay enrolled in your course, and plan to return to study. Even if due to coronavirus one of the following apply:

  • you're self-isolated at home
  • your education provider temporarily closes
  • you're no longer studying a full time study load
  • your placement is cancelled or postponed.

Employment

JobKeeper Payment stopped 28 March 2021. Talk to your employer about what this means to you.

If your circumstances change, you might be able to get an eligible income support payment like JobSeeker Payment from us.

You can use our payment guide to see what payments and services you may be eligible for.

You can start your claim for JobSeeker Payment early before your circumstances will change.

Tell us if any of these things happen. You:

  • change your work hours, start or stop work
  • change your income or assets
  • get income from outside Australia
  • change jobs
  • get compensation, leave or redundancy payments
  • start or stop getting other financial help to complete your course or apprenticeship.

Personal

You need to tell us if your personal situation changes. This could be a change to where you live, your family situation, finances, work or study.

You'll need to provide proof of your rental arrangements to get Rent Assistance.

If your home situation changes

You need to tell us about changes like any of these:

  • you change your address or contact details
  • you move back to your parents' or guardians’ home
  • you change the parent you’re living with
  • you’re sick or injured and unable to do your usual work or study load and can provide a medical certificate
  • you move into or out of long term care, like a nursing home or hostel
  • you’re in lawful custody.

If your family situation changes

You need to tell us about changes like any of these:

  • you marry or start living with your partner
  • you separate from your partner.

If your work, study or financial situation changes

You need to tell us about changes like any of these:

  • you’re sick or injured and can’t continue your study
  • you start or stop getting a pension, benefit or allowance.

If you get Rent Assistance

If you get Rent Assistance, you also need to tell us if any of these things happen. You:

  • stop paying rent, or the amount of rent you pay changes
  • start paying rent to a state, territory or Commonwealth Housing Authority
  • move in with your parent or guardian.

Child

Tell us if any of these things happen:

  • your dependent child or immediate family member dies
  • you have a child or take care of a child who is 16 years of age or younger
  • your dependent child who is 16 years of age or younger leaves home, or gets a pension, benefit or allowance
  • your dependent child is in custody on remand, in a psychiatric institution or in prison.

Partner

Tell us if your partner does any of these things. They:

  • start or stop working
  • have income or assets change
  • get ABSTUDY, a pension, benefit or allowance
  • die.

Parents or guardians

Tell us if your parents or guardians do any of these things. They:

  • change their address
  • marry or start living with their partner
  • separate from their partner
  • have changes to their income
  • have a dependent child who leaves their care or comes into their care
  • are, or are no longer, in custody, in a psychiatric institution, nursing home or similar.

Page last updated: 19 April 2021