188.8.131.52 Independent YA - Personal Assets Test & Limits
This topic covers the following matters:
- exemptions from the personal assets test, and
- the personal assets test.
Exemptions from the personal assets test
The personal assets test does NOT apply to:
- dependent YA recipients (1.1.D.100), OR
- farm assets if the YA recipient or their partner has a current drought relief exceptional circumstances certificate.
Explanation: An independent YA recipient who is a member of a couple (1.1.M.120) is considered to be partnered UNLESS the partner is a dependent YA recipient.
Note: Prior to 1 July 2017, the personal assets test did not apply to independent YA recipients with a partner receiving an income support payment.
YA recipients have access to the benefit asset hardship provisions if required.
Act reference: SSAct section 23(1)-'income support payment'
The personal assets test
The personal assets test for independent YA recipients is the same as the benefits assets test.