The law does not set a minimum age for leaving home. If you have your parents’ permission and a safe place to go, you can leave home. BUT if you don’t have permission from your parents, what happens and whether you have to go home depends entirely on your personal situation. We have explained some common situations below.
I’m 18 and want to move out of home
If you’re over 18 and you want to move out of home, check out our page on Becoming Independent.
I’m fighting with my parents…
If you’re unhappy at home because your parents are setting some tough rules, please check out our page on Fighting with parents and rules at home.
My parents are divorced and I want to change who I live with…
If your parents are divorced or separated and you want to change who you live with, check out our page on changing living arrangements.
I’ve been kicked out of home and have nowhere to go
If you’ve been kicked out of home and have nowhere to stay, see our page on emergency and crisis accommodation.
Someone at home has hurt me or I’m scared they will…
If there’s violence going on at home, that’s not something you have to put up with and you should tell someone about it. Remember, if it’s not safe for you at home, you don’t have to stay there.
If someone has hurt you or you think they are about to, please call 000 and try go to a safe place, like your local medical centre, hospital or police station.
If you want more information on what to do if there’s violence at home, please see our pages on Child Abuse and Domestic Violence.
Remember, whatever is going on, there are always people you can talk to.
If you’d like to chat about what’s going on, you can talk to a counsellor at Kids Helpline for free on 1800 55 1800, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Their number is free from Optus, Telstra and Vodafone mobiles, and landlines.
You can also email them and chat online at some times of the day at www.kidshelp.com.au/teens/
If you’re anxious, depressed or scared about anything, you can also call Headspace on 1800 650 890. You can also send them an email or chat online at certain times of the day at https://www.eheadspace.org.au/