Hi Abe,

I’m originally from Broken Hill but I’m living in Sydney to do my degree. I haven’t been home to see my parents in over a year because I’m living on Youth Allowance and the price of a flight is too expensive. Covid didn’t make that easy either. I really want to see my family, but I don’t want to have to borrow money to get home. Is there something else I can do?


Dear Homesick,

If you’re receiving Youth Allowance and living away from home to study, you may be eligible for ‘Fares Allowance’. This payment helps with travel costs between your permanent home and Uni.

Fares Allowance can cover the cost of a coach, train or plane ticket between your permanent home and place of study up to two times per year, depending on your personal circumstances. Have a look at Centrelink’s information here https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/fares-allowance or book an appointment with a caseworker on 9660 5222 to talk about your situation.