# Maintenance income test

Your parents or guardians may get maintenance income to support you or your siblings. If they do, this income may affect your payment.

This includes any child support or voluntary maintenance your parents or guardians get.

We check maintenance income if youâ€™re getting ABSTUDY Living Allowance and youâ€™re 16 or older.

If your parents or guardians get child support, we know their maintenance income. Weâ€™ll use what we already know to adjust your payment. If they donâ€™t get child support, your parents need to tell us how much maintenance income they get.

Maintenance income can include regular or one-off payments for all of the following:

• electricity, gas or water charges
• school fees

You may be exempt from this test if one of your parents or guardians is permanently blind, and gets one of these:

## What the maintenance income free area is

Your parents or guardians can get a certain amount of maintenance for you before it affects your payment rate. We call this the maintenance income free area.

The number of siblings you have and payments they get can affect this amount.

## What the maintenance income free area per year is

Who your parents or guardians get maintenance for The maintenance income free area
Just you \$1,883.40
You and other siblings who get Youth Allowance, or ABSTUDY Living Allowance if youâ€™re 16 or older \$1,883.40 plus \$627.80 for each sibling. Then divide the total by the number of siblings.
You and other siblings who are eligible for Family Tax Benefit \$627.80

## How to work out the maintenance income free area

Kyle is one of 3 dependent children who all get ABSTUDY Living Allowance. His parents get maintenance income for all 3 children.

The maintenance income free area for the first sibling is \$1883.40. We add \$627.80 for each of the other 2 siblings. We divide the total \$3,139, by the number of siblings, being 3. So, Kyleâ€™s maintenance income free area is \$1046.33.

## Changes to your parentsâ€™ or guardiansâ€™ maintenance income

### When youâ€™re 16 or older

Your parentsâ€™ or guardiansâ€™ maintenance income may change throughout the year.

At the end of the tax year, weâ€™ll assess the maintenance income they got for you. Weâ€™ll write to you to let you know if weâ€™ve paid you too much or not enough.