Youth Allowance Fact Sheet

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.


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