Dear Abe,

How much can I work while I’m on Youth Allowance?


Dear Working,

Youth Allowance and Austudy recipients have a Student Income Bank (SIB), which allows you to work while receiving a Centrelink payment. Each fortnight you are allowed to earn $452 without any reduction to your payment. If you earn less than $452 in that fortnight, the remainder is carried over to the next fortnight. This can accumulate to a maximum of $11,300 a year. If you earn more than your SIB in a fortnight, your Centrelink payment is reduced by 50 cents per dollar for every dollar between $452 and $542, then 60 cents per dollar for every dollar afterwards.


For more information see: Centrelink your income