Changes to Youth Allowance for students from rural and remote areas came into effect on 1 January 2018.

Previously students had to work for 18 months before they could be considered independent. Students from a rural and remote area now only have to work for 14 months since leaving school and earn 75% of wage level A (75% is $24,836) to be classified as independent. Parental income must be less than $150,000.

NB: Students not from rural or remote areas or students whose parental income exceeds $150,000 still need to work full-time (average 30 hours per week) for at least 18 months within a 2 year period to be considered independent.