To get this payment, you must be 16 to 21 and one of the following:
- looking for full time work
- studying part time and looking for work
- temporarily unable to work or study.
Read the full conditions under who can get it.
Read more about Youth Allowance for students and Australian Apprentices if you’re both:
- aged 24 or younger
- a full time student or Australian Apprentice.
This may be better for your situation.
The Skills for Education and Employment (SEE) program may help you improve your speaking, reading, writing or maths.
We use income and assets tests to work out how much Youth Allowance for job seekers you get. These are the maximum rates.
There are things you must do to keep getting Youth Allowance as a job seeker.
Complete the following steps to claim Youth Allowance for job seekers. Before you start, check if you can get it.
There may be one or more waiting periods that apply before you get your first Youth Allowance for job seekers payment.
To keep getting Youth Allowance for job seekers payment you need to report you and your partner's income every 2 weeks. You also need to keep meeting your mutual obligation requirements.