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.

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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?