If parents are unable to provide a suitable home because they lack stable accommodation themselves, then a young person may be considered independent under the unreasonable to live at home provisions. If the lack of stable accommodation is a temporary situation resulting from choices made by the parent, then this would NOT meet the unreasonable to live at home provisions. Parents are assumed to have some choice about their accommodation, and this includes taking responsibility for ensuring their children can live with them.
Example: Inadequate housing, unsuitable locations, moving to another town and travelling are all areas in which parents would have some choice about accommodation.
The following situations in themselves, do not constitute 'unreasonable to live at home' for the purposes of this category:
Example: For study, job search or general preference.
If the young person's parents move away, this does not in itself constitute 'unreasonable to live at home' for the purposes of this category. Young people aged under 18 years, and left without any form of support from their parents, MAY be eligible for state or territory government assistance. In the absence of other forms of support, those at risk of neglect MAY be eligible for independent status but continuous support from friends or relatives may prevent these young people being regarded as independent.
Act reference: SSAct section 1067A(9) Unreasonable to live at home
Policy reference: SS Guide 22.214.171.124 Unreasonable to Live at Home (YA & DSP), 126.96.36.199 Assessment of Extreme Family breakdown & Other Similar Exceptional Circumstances, 188.8.131.52 Assessment of Serious Risk
Last reviewed: 3 January 2012