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If you've moved out at home and you're studying, you might be able to get some help from the Government (funded by taxpayers). This page has a brief explanation of some of these programs including Youth Allowance, ABSTUDY, and explains how you can appeal Centrelink decisions.
Young people who are ill or injured may also be able to obtain YA for the period of the illness or injury.
Find out more about youth allowance in this video:
Your eligibility is based on many things including:
- Your age and whether you are doing an approved course or activity
- If you are dependent or independent
- Your income and assets
- Where you live.
How do I get youth allowance?
You can apply online at: http://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/services/centrelink/youth-allowance
If your circumstances change, you must tell Centrelink within 14 days as this may change your YA payment. For example, you must tell Centrelink if:
- you stop studying;
- you move from home to continue studying; or
- you start earning more or less
- You change universities
- You change the number of hours you work
- Change jobs
- Receive any compensation, leave or redundancy payments
- Start or stop voluntary work.
For further information on what you must tell Centrelink, click here: http://www.centrelink.gov.au/internet/internet.nsf/factors/tell_us.htm
If you don’t tell Centrelink if this changes, you may have to pay Centrelink the money back since your situation changed. Also, Centrelink can charge you a fee for giving incorrect details.
To find out if you can get ABSTUDY, go to, http://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/services/centrelink/abstudy
How do I get ABSTUDY?
You can claim ABSTUDY payments in person at your nearest Centrelink Centre or by phone. To find out where your closest Centrelink office is, and to see the right forms, go to http://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/enablers/centrelink/abstudy/claiming
Once you put in your claim, Centrelink will inform you whether or not your claim has been successful and if so, how much you will get paid and when.
If you are unhappy with a decision made by Centrelink, you can have the decision reviewed:
- First by Centrelink
- If you are unsatisfied with that, you can ask the Social Security Appeals Tribunal
- If you are unsatisfied with the Tribunal, you can ask the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (but not for ABSTUDY)
- In rare cases after all of this you can have your matter heard by a Court
For more information on how to appeal, go to http://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/information/reviews-and-appeals-payments.
You can also get legal advice from Welfare Rights Centres at http://www.welfarerights.org.au/organisations or the Legal Aid Office in your state or territory, which you can find here: http://www.australia.gov.au/content/legal-aid
This page was last updated 21 June 2015.