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5.2.1.50 Youth Related Payments - July 1986 to Present Date

Summary

This topic contains tables under the following headings:

Numbers

Explanation

1

Under 18 years Single Unemployment Benefit & Sickness Benefit - November 1984 to December 1987

2

Job search allowance (JSA) for under 18 years - January 1988 to December 1994

3

YTA and SA - January 1995 to June 1998

4

YA - July 1998 to Present Date

5

YHA - July 1986 to January 1990

 

1) Under 18 years Single Unemployment Benefit & Sickness Benefit - November 1984 to December 1987

This table shows the rates in dollars per week.

Date

Rate

Comment

01/11/1984

lower 45.00

higher 50.00

Note A

01/05/1985

lower 45.00

higher 50.00

 

01/11/1985

50.00

Note B

01/05/1986

50.00

 

01/11/1986

50.00

 

15/12/1986

50.00

 

01/01/1987

50.00

 

13/06/1987

50.00

 

13/12/1987

50.00

Note C

 

Notes

These notes relate to Under 18 years Single Unemployment Benefit & Sickness Benefit - November 1984 to December 1987.

Note

Explanation

A

A higher rate of benefit for benefit recipients under 18 years was introduced from 1 November 1984. This higher rate is paid to an unemployment or sickness beneficiary, under 18 years of age with no dependants, who have been in continuous receipt of a 'prescribed pension' or a payment under a Labour Force Training Program for 26 weeks or more.

B

From 1 November 1985 unmarried benefit recipients under 18 years (UB or SB), received the same rate. The lower and higher rates operative from 1 November 1984 to 31 October 1985 were combined.

C

The rate of benefit for under 18 years was not increased. As part of the 'Priority One' program, rates of benefits and allowances are to be standardised, so as to achieve a common allowance structure for youth.

 

2) Job search allowance (JSA) & SA for under 18 years - January 1988 to December 1994

Before 1 July 1991 JSA was available only to people under 18 years of age. JSA had a 2-tiered level of payment. The maximum rate could be paid to claimants but was subject to a Parental Income (section 8(1)-'income') Test (PIT) (1.1.P.40). The minimum rate applied where parental income was above the relevant limit. This rate was also subject to the normal income test. From 13 December 1987 the weekly income test was changed to a fortnightly income test. After this date, when calculating a person's entitlements affected by income, the weekly rate of income should be converted to a fortnightly amount.

 

SB was changed to SA on 1 July 1991.

 

This table shows the single rates of JSA and SA for under 18 years:

Date

Maximum rate in $ pw

Minimum rate in $ pw

Parental income

test in $ pa

Comment

01/01/1988

50.00

25.00

16,950

 

01/01/1989

53.55

25.00

16,950

Note D

01/01/1990

57.60

26.90

18,150

Note E

Note F

01/01/1991

62.05

28.95

19,300

 

From 1 July 1991 the rate has been expressed in $ per fortnight (pf).

01/07/1991

124.10

57.90

19,300

 

01/01/1992

128.30

59.90

20,700

Note G

01/01/1993

129.80

60.60

20,950

 

01/01/1994

132.30

61.80

21,350

 

 

Notes

These notes relate to JSA and SA for under 18 years - January 1988 to January 1997:

Note

Explanation

D

From 1 January 1989 the maximum rate of JSA and SA for under 18 year olds became subject to annual indexation (1.1.I.100).

E

From 1 January 1990 the minimum rate of JSA and SA and the parental income test became subject to annual indexation.

F

Parental Assets Test was introduced as of 20 September 1990. If parental assets (1.1.A.290) exceed the prescribed amount then the minimum rate applies. Parental Income Test still applies too, as well as normal income test.

G

From 1 July 1991 the NSA program was introduced. JSA was extended to people aged 18 years of age or more. Parental income and assets tests still only applied to people under 18 years of age.

H

From 1 January 1995 no new JSA recipients under 18 years. Unemployed under 18 years now eligible for YTA. Saved JSA recipients will remain on JSA unless payments are interrupted for 6 weeks or more.

 

Act reference: SSAct section 8(1)-'income'

 

3) YTA & SA - January 1995 to June 1998

From 1 January 1995 to 30 June 1998, unemployed young people aged 16 or 17 (and certain 15 year olds) were eligible for YTA, rather than JSA. There were 3 categories of payment:

  • at home,
  • away from home, i.e. living away from home to undertake training or job search, and
  • independent (including homeless).

 

These are the same as the AUSTUDY basic rates of payment. YTA rates are indexed every January. Minimum rate for YTA was abolished from 1 January 1997.

 

The following tables show the rates, in dollars per fortnight (pf), for the 4 years from 1995 to 1998:

1995

Maximum rate

Minimum rate

Parental income

test - $ pa

Parental assets test - $

Personal assets test - $

Single

at home

134.50

62.90

21,660

375,630

-

away from home

222.10

62.90

21,660

375,630

-

independent - no children

222.10

-

-

-

111,870

independent - with children

321.60

-

-

-

111,870

Partner (1.1.P.70) - Under 18

independent - no children

222.10

-

-

-

159,470

independent - with children

269.20

-

-

-

159,470

 

1996

Maximum rate

Minimum rate

Parental income test - $ pa

Parental assets test - $

Personal assets test - $

Single

at home

140.60

65.75

22,650

393,750

-

away from home

232.10

65.75

22,650

393,750

-

independent - no children

232.10

-

-

-

116,950

independent - with children

336.10

-

-

-

116,950

Partner -under 18

independent - no children

232.10

-

-

-

166,650

independent - with children

281.30

-

-

-

166,650

 

1997

Maximum rate

Minimum rate

Parental income test - $ pa

Parental assets test - $

Personal assets test - $

Single

at home

145.00

-

23,350

406,000

-

away from home

239.30

-

23,350

406,000

-

independent - no children

239.30

-

-

-

116,950

independent - with children

346.50

-

-

-

116,950

Partner - under 18

independent - no children

239.30

-

-

-

166,650

independent - with children

290.00

-

-

-

166,650

 

01/01/1998 to 30/06/1998

Maximum rate

Minimum rate

Parental income test - $ pa

Parental assets test - $

Personal assets test - $

Single

at home

145.40

-

23,400

406,000

-

away from home

 

-

 

 

-

independent -

no children

 

-

-

-

 

independent -

with children

 

-

-

-

 

Partner - under 18

independent -

no children

 

-

-

-

 

independent -

with children

 

-

-

-

 

 

4) YA - July 1998 to Present Date

From 1 July 1998 YA replaced YTA, Austudy and SA for recipients under 21 (unemployed) or 24 (students).

This table shows the rates in dollars per fortnight (pf).

 

At home

16-17

At home

18 and over

Away from home

Single with child

Partnered with child

01/07/1998

145.40

174.80

265.50

347.80

291.60

01/01/1999

146.40

176.00

267.40

350.20

293.60

01/01/2000

148.00

177.90

270.30

354.10

296.80

01/07/2000

153.90

185.00

281.10

368.30

308.70

01/01/2001

158.80

190.90

290.10

380.10

318.60

01/01/2002

165.10

198.60

301.70

395.30

331.30

01/01/2003

169.70

204.20

310.10

406.40

340.60

01/01/2004

174.30

209.70

318.50

417.50

349.80

01/01/2005

178.70

214.90

326.50

427.80

358.50

01/01/2006

183.20

220.30

334.70

438.50

367.50

01/01/2007

190.50

229.10

348.10

456.00

382.20

01/01/2008

194.50

233.90

355.40

465.60

390.20

01/01/2009

203.30

244.40

371.40

486.60

407.80

01/01/2010

206.30

248.10

377.00

493.90

413.90

01/01/2011

212.70

255.80

388.70

509.20

426.70

01/01/2012

220.40

265.00

402.70

527.50

442.10

01/01/2013

223.00

268.20

407.50

533.80

447.40

01/01/2014

226.80

272.80

414.40

542.90

455.00

Rates changed from 1 July 2000 due to the introduction of the new taxation system (PAYG).

 

The at home rate applies to a dependent person living at home, an accommodated independent person and a person in supported State care.

 

The away from home rate applies to a dependent person required to live away from home, an independent person in unsupported state care and an independent person who is not 'accommodated', not in supported State care and who does not have a dependent child.

 

From 1 July 2012, the maximum age for YA was increased to 21.

 

5) YHA - July 1986 to January 1990

This table shows the rates in dollars per week.

Date of

effect

UB/SB

component

JSA

component

YHA

Component

Max rate

payable

01/07/1986

50.00

-

23.28

73.28

01/01/1988

-

50.00

26.00

76.00

01/01/1989

-

53.55

27.85

81.40

01/01/1990

-

-

95.10

95.10

 

Notes

These notes relate to YHA - July 1986 to January 1990:

 

A SA recipient could receive both YHA and RA, although the YHA component had to be reduced by the amount of RA payable. Therefore the maximum rate payable could not be increased by the addition of RA.

 

The income test on YHA was the same as the personal income test on JSA under 18.

 

From 1 January 1990, YHA as a separate component ceased to be paid and these cases were paid the 'independent or homeless rate of JSA'.

 

From 1 January 1995, recipients under 18 became eligible for YTA rather than JSA.

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Last reviewed: 20 March 2014


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