Check independence through work history

This is to help you find out whether you can be considered independent based on your work history.

If you are independent your parent's income is not used to calculate your rate of Youth Allowance or ABSTUDY

The ways you are able to demonstrate your independence through your work history is to show:

  • You have worked full time for an average of at least 30 hours per week for at least 18 months within a 2 year period.
  • You are a student/Australian Apprentice who is receiving ABSTUDY and who has participated in the workforce for 3 out of 4 years.
  • You have earned at least 75% of Wage Level A of the National Training Wage schedule included in a modern award in an 18 month period since leaving secondary school. This will be changed to a 14 month period from 1 January 2018.
  • You have worked part time (of at least 15 hours per week) for at least 2 years since leaving secondary school.

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