Youth Allowance

Some, not all, young people in foster or kinship care qualify for the Youth Allowance. Young people may get Youth Allowance if:

·        16 to 24 years of age and studying full-time in an approved course at an approved institution, or

·        16 to 24 years of age and a full-time Australian Apprentice, or

·        16 to 20 years of age, have not completed Year 12 or an equivalent Certificate Level II qualification and are undertaking:

§         full-time study, or

§         part time study and other approved activities for at least 25 hours per week, or

§         have a temporary exemption from the Activity Test (for example due to illness), or

·        16 to 20 years of age, have completed Year 12 or an equivalent Certificate Level II qualification and are:

§         actively looking for suitable work, or

§         undertaking a combination of approved activities such as part-time work and training; or

§         have a temporary exemption from the Activity Test (for example due to illness)

·        Some 15 years olds can also qualify for Youth Allowance

 

Further information

·              visit www.centrelink.gov.au

·              call Centrelink on 13 2490  or

·              visit a Centrelink Customer Service Centre.