The Guides to Social Policy Law is a collection of publications designed to assist decision makers administering social policy law. The information contained in this publication is intended only as a guide to relevant legislation/policy. The information is accurate as at the date listed at the bottom of the page, but may be subject to change. To discuss individual circumstances please contact Services Australia. Commencement & cessation of away from home rate of YA

Commencement day

Payment of YA at the away from home rate commences on the LATEST of the following dates:

  • when the person ceases residing in the parental home (1.1.P.20) for approved reasons, OR
  • when the person commences the activity for which approval to live away from home was given.

Cessation date

Payment of YA at the away from home rate ceases on the EARLIER of the following dates:

  • when the person ceases the approved activity and is not given further approval in respect of another activity, OR
  • when the person returns to the parental home.

Extension of approval

Approval of the away from home rate can be extended for young people undertaking training or education or job search if:

  • a further course is undertaken, OR
  • approval is sought for a different reason, OR
  • employment prospects are better than in the area of their parental home, OR
  • activities approved by their employment service provider are undertaken.

Example: A young person from Wagga may be approved for the away from home rate when they go to Sydney for a 12 week course. When the course ends, the young person may decide to stay in Sydney because job prospects there are better than in Wagga. The approval for the away from home rate may be extended.

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