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When you’re unable to work for a short time
JobSeeker Payment is financial help if you’re between 22 and Age Pension age and looking for work. It’s also for when you’re sick or injured and can’t do your usual work or study for a short time.
Read more about JobSeeker Payment.
When you care for someone else
When you’re between 21 and 24
Youth Allowance can help if you’re either:
- 24 or younger and a student or Australian Apprentice
- 21 or younger and looking for work.
Youth Disability Supplement is an extra payment if you’re a young person with disability and on certain income support payments.
You may get it if you're under 22 and get either:
- Youth Allowance as a job seeker, full time student or Australian Apprentice
- ABSTUDY as a full time student or Australian Apprentice.
When you’re under 16
If you’re under 16 you can’t get DSP. You can apply once you’re 15 and 9 months. If you’re eligible, your payments will start when you turn 16.
While you’re under 16, you, your parent or guardian may be able to get other payments.
Assistance for Isolated Children Scheme is a group of payments for parents and carers of children in specific situations.
ABSTUDY is a group of payments for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander students or apprentices.
Read about payments for families.
Where to find out about other help
Read more about payments and services for people living with an illness, injury or disability.