Written by Karen Bollinger of YBM
Youth Allowance for Students
Who can get it?
You must be one of the following:
- 18 to 24 and studying full time
- 16 to 17, studying full time and either independent or needing to live away from home to study
- 16 to 17, studying full time and have completed year 12 or equivalent
- 16 to 24 and doing a full time Australian Apprenticeship
Who is independent?
- If you are 22 or older
- You have worked full time (average of 30 hours per week) for at least 18 months within any 2 year period.
- Rural and remote students (parental income limit applies) need to have either:
- Earned 75% or more of the National Training Wage Schedule (currently $26,550) in any 14 month period
- Worked at least 15 hours a week for at least 2 years, not including hours worked while still at school.
Parental income limit
Parents combined income can be $160,000 per year.
There is also an extra $10,000 added for each of the eligible siblings.
Eligible siblings are those under 22 years unless:
- They are living away from home and are, or have been, a member of a couple
- They are living away from home and have, or have had, a dependent child
- They are receiving Youth Allowance or Disability Support Pension as an independent person
- They are in state care.
The Parental income can be calculated in any of the following financial years:
- Before you take a gap year
- The year of your gap year
- The year following your gap year.