What the parental means test is

We assess your parents’ or guardians’ income when you claim Youth Allowance as a dependent student or Australian Apprentice.

There are 2 parts to the parental means test:

If your parents or guardians earn too much, you won’t be able to get a payment.

Use our Payment and Service Finder to find out how much you could get. It will be an estimate only and depends on you entering accurate information. You’ll need to enter your parents’ or guardians’ income along with other details such as your income.

Page last updated: 6 September 2022.
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