What your commitments are

There are things you must do to keep getting Youth Allowance as a job seeker.

Mutual obligation requirements

Mutual obligation requirements are tasks and activities you agree to do while getting Youth Allowance as a job seeker.

Report employment income

If you get an income support payment from us, you must report any income you and your partner get. You need to report every 2 weeks, even if it’s $0. This is so we pay you the right amount.

Before you get your first payment, you need to report your and your partner’s income.

You can report your income in any of these ways, by:

You can check your reporting dates through your Centrelink online account.

Read about income reporting and get help using our Centrelink online account guides.

If you want to report your partner’s income online, you’ll need permission to enquire or have a nominee arrangement.

Change of circumstances

You need to let us know if there’s a change in your circumstances. You should also regularly check the information in your Centrelink online account is correct. This is so we can make sure we pay you the right amount. If we pay you too much you’ll get a debt you need to pay back.

Changes may include:

  • a change in your relationship status
  • a change in your income
  • moving house or changing living arrangements
  • a change to your or your partner’s income or financial assets more than $2,000
  • you or your partner open or close a bank account
  • buying or selling a car, house or assets.

You can tell us using Express Plus Centrelink mobile app or your Centrelink online account through myGov.

Read about what you need to tell us if your circumstances change.

Page last updated: 7 September 2022