You may be independent under the reviewable criteria if your situation is one of the following. You:
- are in a situation where it’s unreasonable to live at home
- have parents who can’t look after you
- are in state care, including foster care
- are a refugee and your parents don’t live in Australia
- are an orphan
- are in certain education or employment circumstances.
You must tell us if your circumstances change. If they do, you might be dependent again.
If it’s unreasonable for you to live at home
If you’re unable to live at home with either of your parents due to extreme circumstances, you may be independent.
If your parents can’t take care of you
If your parents can’t take care of you, you may be independent.
If you’re in state care
You may be independent for Youth Allowance if you are in state care. This includes foster care.
If you’re a refugee
If you’re a refugee and your parents don’t live in Australia, you may be independent for Youth Allowance.