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1.1.N.12 National Training Wage schedule rate (YA, DSP)

Definition

For the purposes of YA and DSP, the Wage Level A of the National Training Wage schedule included in a modern award (NTWS), or the rate as varied or replaced by Fair Work Australia, is a rate used to measure whether a young person can be classified as being self-supporting through paid employment (3.2.5.80). If the young person has earned at least 75% of the rate in any 18 month period since last leaving school, then, in certain circumstances, they can be considered independent for YA and DSP purposes.

 

The young person can only be considered independent under this provision if they have earned 75% of the maximum award payable at Wage Level A of the NTWS included in a modern award or that maximum rate as varied or replaced by Fair Work Australia, and the 18 months since last leaving secondary school has elapsed.

 

This provision applies only to:

  • young people who qualified for YA as an independent person prior to 1 July 2010 if they have supported themselves through paid work consisting of employment within an 18 month period, or
  • YA students who finished secondary studies in 2008, did not study full-time in 2009, commenced higher education studies in 2010 and qualify for independence under the transitional arrangements for gap year students (3.2.5.80) on or before 31 December 2010, or
  • inner regional (from 1 January 2012), outer regional, remote and very remote students (from 1 January 2011) who are required to live away from home to undertake full-time study if their parental income is less than $150,000 for the appropriate tax year, or
  • DSP claimants/recipients aged under 21 without dependent children.

 

The appropriate version of the NTWS or the rate as varied or replaced by Fair Work Australia to use is based on when the young person first commenced their employment.

Example: Kate left school in November 2010 and commenced working on 10 February 2011. She is from an inner regional area and her parents earn less than $150,000. She moves away from home to study at university in 2012. She applies for YA in June 2012 in which time she has earned $20,565 from her casual job. The appropriate NTWS to use is $26,043 (75% = $19,532) as Kate commenced employment between 1 October 2008 and 30 June 2011. As Kate has left school over 18 months ago and has earned 75% of the relevant NTWS rate in an 18 month period, she can be considered to be independent under the self-supporting criteria.

 

Rates

The following table lists the relevant NTWS rates over recent years, and the minimum amounts that young people must earn to qualify as independent under the self-supporting provisions.

If period/s of employment commenced from

The relevant NTWS rate is

75% of rate which equals minimum earnings

1 July 2013 to present date

$29,652

$22,239

1 July 2012 to 30 June 2013

$28,824

$21,618

1 July 2011 to 30 June 2012

$28,012

$21,009

1 October 2008 to 30 June 2011

$26,043

$19,532

1 October 2007 to 30 September 2008

$25,134

$18,850

1 December 2006 to 30 September 2007

$24,700

$18,525

3 July 2005 to 30 November 2006

$23,556

$17,667

3 July 2004 to 2 July 2005

$22,828

$17,121

7 July 2003 to 2 July 2004

$22,048

$16,536

3 July 2002 to 6 July 2003

$21,320

$15,990

17 August 2001 to 2 July 2002

$20,592

$15,444

17 August 2000 to 16 August 2001

$20,127

$15,095

13 August 1999 to 16 August 2000

$19,448

$14,586

3 July 1998 to 12 August 1999

$18,928

$14,196

25 June 1997 to 2 July 1998

$18,356

$13,767

1 January 1997 to 24 June 1997

$17,940

$13,455

1 January 1996 to 31 December 1996

$17,628

$13,221

Before 31 December 1995

$17,316

$12,987

 

Act reference: SSAct section 1067A(10) to (10H) People who are self-supporting

Policy reference: SS Guide 3.2.5.80 YA & DSP - Self-supporting through Paid Employment

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Last reviewed: 20 September 2013


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