How to become eligible for Youth Allowance or Austudy?

There is a few different criteria that determines whether you are eligable for either Austudy or Youth Allowance. These criteria are applied to make sure that Australian’s which apply for them do actually need the payments, I mean…

How much Rent Assistance will I get?

You may be thinking that the amount of rent assistance you will be entitled too is a straight forward thing to ask. Rent assistance is actually determined through a test which is applied to the level of rent…

2013-14 Australian Federal Budget: What this means to Students

Recently there was announcements on the news about the budget for the next financial year, this impacts students in a couple of different ways. Overall I think students got the rough end of the stick, the Centrelink Start-up scholarship will…

Failing the Independence Test

Many students find that they are not eligible to receive Youth Allowance because their Parents earn too much money. Essentially what has happened to cause this is Centrelink has what’s called a “Independence test” where students must prove…

Centelink Benefits what are students entitled to?

Students who are eligible can receive one or a few different types of benefit payments from Centrelink. They may not be much, but they certainly take the edge off struggling through Uni and give you a chance to…

Centrelink and Receiving Gift’s of Money

When someone’s parents give them money to help them through University how does this affect the money they receive each fortnight? This is actually a quite tough question and after having spoken to Centrelink staff myself I found…

Centrelink Eligability: Liquid Assets test

The liquid-assets Waiting test is a test Centrelink applies on new applicants to determine if they have too much money that is easily accessible. Essentially if the applicant has too much money they will need to wait a…

Centrelink Rent Assistance

If your family lives in the same city as where your university is located, you can often choose to stay to minimize your financial burden. However, if you’re from the country or your preferred university is in another city, you…

Calculating Your Centrelink Pay Rates

Calculating Your Centrelink Pay Rates  As a student, it could be difficult to juggle university and work to make ends meet. Depending on your particular circumstances, you may qualify for Centrelink payments to lighten your burden. If you…

Youth Allowance

Youth Allowance If you are thinking of applying for Youth Allowance or already receiving Youth Allowance, there’s good news for you. The Australian government is pledging a bigger budget for Youth Allowance recipients. This leads to two extra…