Enrolled students eligibility for Youth Allowance

How do I remain eligible for Youth Allowance if I am enrolled as a student?

Generally, the Centrelink Youth Allowance for study purposes is only paid to eligible students who are studying full-time. This means your aggregate enrolment load must be at least 0.375 Equivalent Full-Time Study Load (EFTSL) in each semester.

Your enrolment load is reported to Centrelink several times a year. From this information Centrelink assess your eligibility. Depending on whether a unit is taught in the first or second half of the year, load from non-standard semester units are combined with either your semester 1 or semester 2 load to determine whether you are classified as a full-time or part-time student. Units in summer term are excluded from this.

If your semester load changes from full-time to part-time you must contact Centrelink. If your enrolment load falls below 0.375, you will normally cease to be eligible for the Youth Allowance and may incur over payment. This will require repayment to the Australian government.

The Student Assist Officers at the UWA Student Guild can help you with all your Youth Allowance questions. They offer assistance with applications, as well as assistance with appealing Centrelink decisions and interpreting regulations and policy.

For further information on Youth Allowance telephone 13 24 90.

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