EASTERN Eyre Peninsulafamilies will be better off after the removal of the family assets test and family actual means test from the Youth Allowance personal application.
Lock resident Sally Zacher said the changes would make it easier on her family when her kids went off to tertiary study next year.
“Next year we will have twochildren at university, and to have new legislationhelp us with the cash costing of having children away would be amazing, it would take the pressure of us,” she said.
Federal parliament last week passed the legislative changeswith bipartisan support, meaning thousands more young people will qualify for an average annual youth payment of more than $7000 a year.
Students will also benefit from the removal of the means test and couldreceive Youth Allowance for the first time orget$2000 more each year. Thechanges alsomean families with farms won’thave their farm assets counted in the means test.
The changesapply tofamilieswith dependent children receiving youth payments including Youth Allowance,ABSTUDY Living Allowance, and Assistance for Isolated Children Scheme.
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