Financial support available for school leavers

Have you just left school or are about to? Services Australia has a whole range of payments and services available to help you with your life after school.

A range of payments and services are available if you:

  • plan to do further study
  • start an apprenticeship
  • are looking for work.

Access financial support

The main payments are:

  • Youth Allowance for students and apprentices
  • ABSTUDY for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

Find out more at servicesaustralia.gov.au/studentpayments.

Find out what you may be entitled to

You can get ready for next year now. Find out what payments you can get in 2022.

Simply create a myGov account, get your Medicare card and use the Payment and Service Finder to see what payments you’re entitled to.

Apply for a payment early

If you want to apply for a payment it’s a good idea to do it early. You can apply up to 13 weeks before your uni or TAFE course starts. Find out more about what you can do in advance.

Use the school leavers resource eKit

A great resource is the updated School Leavers Resource eKit. It explains everything you need to know:

  • Centrelink payments, like Youth Allowance and ABSTUDY, and how to get started with myGov.
  • Information to help you get your own Medicare card and proof of COVID-19 vaccinations.
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