Starting study after working in agriculture?

16 January 2023

We may consider you independent for Youth Allowance or ABSTUDY if you claim before 1 March 2023.

You may be independent for Youth Allowance or ABSTUDY if you earned at least $15,000 from seasonal agricultural work between 30 November 2020 and 31 December 2021.

This might include shearing sheep, farmhand work, or picking fruit.

Students who are independent get a higher payment rate.

You’ll only be able to claim independence in this way until 1 March 2023. From 2 March 2023, this form of independence will no longer be used.

Read more about being independent through seasonal agricultural work for Youth Allowance and seasonal agricultural work for ABSTUDY.

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Page last updated: 16 January 2023.