Youth Allowance for Job Seekers

Youth Allowance for Job Seekers is a payment provided by the Australian government to assist eligible young people aged 16 to 24 years old who are looking for employment or participating in certain approved activities to improve their job prospects. Here are some key details about Youth Allowance for Job Seekers:


  • Age: You must be between 16 and 24 years old.
  • Job-seeking requirements: You need to be actively looking for work and willing to meet certain obligations, such as attending job interviews, participating in employment services programs, and undertaking approved activities to improve your employability.
  • Residence: You must meet residence requirements, such as being an Australian citizen, a permanent resident, or holding a certain visa.
  • Income and assets test: Your income and assets are assessed to determine your eligibility. There are income and assets thresholds that apply.

Payment Rates: The payment rates for Youth Allowance for Job Seekers can vary depending on factors such as your living arrangements and whether you are considered dependent or independent. Here is a general overview of the payment rates:

  • Single, living away from parents: Up to $303.50 per fortnight.
  • Single, living with parents: Up to $160.56 per fortnight.
  • Single, over 22 and considered independent: Up to $407.25 per fortnight.

It’s important to note that these rates are subject to change, and there may be additional supplements or allowances depending on individual circumstances.

To determine your specific entitlement and receive the most up-to-date information, it is recommended to contact Centrelink or Services Australia directly. They can provide personalized advice and assess your eligibility based on your individual circumstances and the current payment rates.