AYAC is committed to ensuring all young people get a fair chance to responsibly prepare for their future without being put at further risk of extreme hardship. In the absence of full employment in Australia, adequate income support does not act as a disincentive to work or study and can enable young people to move towards independence. When young people are looking for work or undertaking study, they all need an adequate income to effectively navigate this transition and many will require government assistance.

AYAC believes that…

  • Young people on low incomes are entitled to income support payments that reflect real living costs so that they can afford life’s essentials – like food, rent, health, education, clothing and transport.
  • Young people should be consulted about their income support needs in all related policy decisions.
  • Youth Allowance for people living independently of their parents should be increased to – at least – the recognised poverty line.

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