All assessments for independent status under the 'unreasonable to live at home' (UTLAH) category must follow a number of mandatory procedures.
Explanation: The procedures result from ministerial directions and related government policies on the way assessments should be conducted for homeless youth.
The mandatory procedures are as follows:
Example: Contact with grandparents, school counsellors, religious leaders.
The following also apply mandatory procedures for people under 18 years of age:
All assessments of eligibility for independent status based on UTLAH provisions for students and unemployed people under 18 years, will always be conducted by a Centrelink social worker. This assessment must include the following:
Assessment of independent status based on UTLAH provisions for students and other young people aged 18 years or older, will be conducted by a Centrelink officer, with support from a Centrelink social worker if required.
Social workers assess and refer youth protocol cases and may then progress any claims from people referred under the youth protocol against independent status provisions. If the young person is under a state or territory court, ministerial or departmental order or direction, claims should be assessed under separate 'state care' independence provisions.
If the young person is not under such an order or direction, they may be assessed under the UTLAH provisions.
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, 184.108.40.206 Parents Unable to Provide a Home (YA & DSP)
Last reviewed: 20 September 2013