Reviewable independence for ABSTUDY
We might consider you as independent under the reviewable criteria.
You may be independent under the reviewable criteria if your situation is 1 of the following, you’re:
- in a de facto relationship for at least 6 months
- 16 or older and have returned to live in an Indigenous Australian community after a non-Indigenous family adopted or fostered you for more than 2 years
- 15 or older and your parents can’t take care of you
- caring for, or have custody of, another person's dependent child or student
- 16 or older or have met the minimum age requirements for leaving school, and it’s unreasonable to live at home.
You must tell us if your circumstances change. If they do, you might be dependent again.
You may be independent if you’re in a de facto relationship for at least 6 months.
You may be independent if you’re 16 or older and meet certain criteria.
You may be independent if you’re 15 or older and your parents can’t take care of you.
You may be independent if you care for or have custody of another person’s dependent child.
Page last updated: 16 February 2021
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