Turning 16 & Youth Allowance

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Turning 16 & Youth Allowance

If parents are eligible for Family Tax Benefit Part A, it ceases when a child turns 16. At that point, school students are moved to the Youth Allowance (YA). In some states, the same applies to home educated students. However, Centrelink does not recognise Victorian registration for home education as meeting the eligibility requirements for YA (full time education working towards a recognised qualification). Home ed kids often move into courses at this point. Undertaking any recognised course on a full-time basis will satisfy the YA requirements. It is also possible to meet the “full-time education” requirement by a combination of part-time study with voluntary or paid work – if together they are deemed to equal full-time participation. Consult Centrelink for details.

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