Youth Payment is a payment to young people aged 16 or 17 who do not have dependent children, and are in need of financial assistance.
Who can get it?
Youth Payment is a payment to young people aged 16 or 17 who do not have dependent children, and are in need of financial assistance. For example, if you are single, you may qualify for Youth Payment if you can’t live with your parents or guardian or get financial support from them or anyone.
You can get the Youth Payment if you are on your own or with a partner who meets certain requirements. However there are a number of things you must do to get Youth Payment.
Obligations are the things you are responsible for doing if you are getting the Youth Payment.
Your obligations include:
- Working with your Youth Service provider
- Preparing for your future – education, training and work-based learning
If you ever find that you can’t do these things, you must talk to your Youth Service provider as soon as possible.
If you don’t have a good reason for not meeting your obligations, your payment will be reduced or stopped.
Your Youth Service provider will manage your payments and make sure all your important costs are paid. This means:
- Your rent or board and things like your power bill and any debts will be paid straight from your payment. You won’t get this money yourself.
- You will get paid a weekly allowance of up to $50 into your personal bank account.
- Any money left over will be put onto your personal payment card. This is like a debit card that you can use to buy your food and groceries at approved stores.
Your Youth Service provider will arrange the payment of your rent and bills with you and give you a payment card.
If you get some other financial assistance, like the Disability Allowance, this may be paid straight to your bank account.
You can get the chance to manage your entire Youth Payment yourself if you show your Youth Service provider that you can do it responsibly.
Once you have proven you are capable of managing your money yourself, your payment will go straight to your bank account and you will be responsible for paying all of your own costs.
When you have been successfully in education, training or work-based learning for six months you can get an extra $10 a week.
If you finish a budgeting course and have regular budget talks with your Youth Service provider for three months you can get an extra $10 a week.
Once you are getting extra incentive payments you need to keep up the good work. You will lose the extra incentive payments if you don’t.
Earning extra money
Your main focus should be on getting the skills to get a job, but you can receive extra income or do some part-time work. You can earn up to just over $200 before your Youth Payment is affected.
Talk to your Youth Service provider about how getting extra income could affect your payment.
There may be other financial support you can get to help you out from time to time. Talk to your Youth Service provider about what could be available for you.
My Account is an online tool that will show you how much is paid into your bank account, how much is on your payment card and how much has been paid for things like rent, power or other debts.
If you don’t have a My Account talk to your provider about setting one up online. You can choose to get updates about your payments by text or by letter.
You must keep your Youth Service provider up to date with your contact information and tell them if you move house or change your phone number.
If you move to another town you will be changed to a new Youth Service provider. They will get in touch with you to arrange a meeting to talk about your plan and how they can support you.