Check independence through work history

This is to help you find out if your work history makes you independent for Youth Allowance or ABSTUDY.

To demonstrate your independence through your work history, you'll need to show one of the following:

  • you've worked full time for an average of at least 30 hours per week for at least 18 months within a 2 year period
  • you're a student or Australian Apprentice claiming or getting ABSTUDY who has participated in the workforce for 3 out of 4 years

If you've moved away from a regional or remote area to study, you have 2 other ways to show your independence through work:

  • you've earned 75% or more of the National Training Wage Schedule rate in any 14 month period since leaving secondary school
  • you've worked part time, at least 15 hours a week, for at least 2 years since leaving secondary school.

Note: We know coronavirus (COVID-19) made work harder in 2020. We're counting the 6 month period between 25 March 2020 and 24 September 2020 as part of your time spent working. You'll automatically meet the independence through work criteria for these 6 months, even if you weren't working.

Another way you can demonstrate independence through work is:

  • you're a student who has earned at least $15,000 gross income from approved agricultural work between 30 November 2020 and 31 December 2021.

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To find out if you're independent, answer some questions about your education, address and work.

Are you 22 years or older?