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    Default centrelink payments for teens?

    Hi my daughter is 18 next month and was wondering what payment can she get, we both have rang centrelink and there not any help :-/.

    I do get ftb, I was told she isnt eligable for no payments if she is under my care until 22 years old. She finished school last year and is looking for work?

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    Yep - She needs to prove independence.

    Independent

    You may be considered independent for Youth Allowance if you meet any of the below criteria:
    •you are aged 22 years or more
    •you have supported yourself through employment, or
    •you are unable to live at home due to extreme circumstances, or your parents can not exercise their responsibilities.

    For a full list see independence.
    I always thought I'd be supporting my children till they got a job (if still living at home). Then as long as I was happy they were actually trying to get work, I'd be fine with that. I guess I'd never thought of it because my siblings and I all got jobs by 15, then worked through uni. When I went to Uni I tried to get Austudy - but it was still dependent upon my parents income - even when I moved out, because I didn't move out due to extreme circumstances (I moved out to be closer to Uni and for independence - but Centrelink didn't see it as independent).

    So short answer - as far as I can see - no she's not eligible for any payments unless she moves out and proves independence according to the criteria above.
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    My 19yo brother was told to apply for a payment while looking for work (can't remember the name) but it's based on the parents income so he didnt get anything.

    eta: maybe because he had a casual job, but was looking for full time work in a field he has a cer 2 in it was a different set of rules?
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    Youth allowance
    yes it goes on your income too even when they live on the other side of country.

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    Definitely need to prove independence so that it doesn't go off parent income. I remember working three jobs at uni so that I could get over that threshold. It was hard, but the I could work waaaay less and focus on studying after I qualified.

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    I'm pretty sure she could apply for NewStart if shes looking for work? I'm not sure if the Minimum age is 18 or 21-22 for it though?

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    No - newstart is for over 22 - it's Youth Allowance before that.

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    I gained 'independence' at 18 because my parents lived a long way from the uni (2.5-3 hrs travel a day) and I couldn't afford / they couldn't afford for me to board at college. So I then was eligible for youth allowance and rent assistance and was able to rent a unit near uni.

    I had to jump through a LOT of hoops to be classified as independent. I had friends who worked two jobs over a full summer to meet the income threshhold so that then when they needed to wind back to their casual job during the uni semesters they were then eligible for centrelink.

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    Dd isn't independent even though we live at opposite sides of the country. She does get a small amount of YA and rent assistance but because she works 25 hours on top of full time uni.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pegasus View Post
    No - newstart is for over 22 - it's Youth Allowance before that.
    No, they're two different payments. Newstart if you're looking for work, Youth Allowance if you are in full time study. If you are a mature-age student (over 25) you get Austudy instead of YA.

    With any centrelink payment, parents income will be taken into account unless they can be classified as independent.


 

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