Youth Allowance for job seekers

Financial help if you’re 21 or younger and looking for work, or temporarily unable to work.

Cost of Living Payment

We’ve started making the one-off Cost of Living Payment. You don’t need to do anything. Read more about the payment.

To get this payment, you must be 16 to 21 and 1 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.

Page last updated: 10 December 2021