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*Edit: is looking for employment so does qualify for youth allowance.
Should a 16yr old (no going to school) getting youth allowance contribute to food/board ect?
Yep. Can’t believe a 16 year old who isn’t contributing to society can get free money.
Yes for sure.. how else will they learn. The tougher the better.
No. I have a rule to not pay board until 18, their money is theirs before then. Although, they aren't actually entitled to that payment unless they are going to school or Tafe so I suggest you get them into something before it's cut.
Yes, entitled to youth allowance if not in school and looking for work
Well that’s bs. If a child isn’t attending school or working than parents should be supporting them. Fuck, the cutoff for YA for those going to uni with working parents is so low and it should be same for the bludgers.
Actually no, not entitled unless the child is fully independent aka not living at home. Is it your child or step child? If yes then they should not be receiving that unless they are studying.
Ok obviously i should have added “looking for work”.
Even looking for work they can't get it until they are 18
Perhaps you should look it up and see for yourself!
I don't know how they are getting YA while not in school? It's paid on condition that they are doing Centrelink approved activities weather it be going to School , TAFE or equivalent, or working and receiving under the threshold income. Otherwise they don't qualify. Something doesn't seem right here .
Looking for work qualifies
It doesn't if they're under 18
Yes. But I'd put it aside so that when they got an apprenticeship or something it could go towards tools, or office appropriate clothes or whatever. They're still a child and you'd be paying for them if they were in school.
How long has the 16 year old been out of school? Unless they are working or doing other study, they are not entitled to YA and centrelink will check when the ceased school qnd you'll be made to back pay until that date!
Has just applied for YA, looking for work, so qualifies.
I wouldn't charge board at that age but I would make sure they are using that money to find a job and extend skills. YA is not a lot of money, even if you charge $100 a week that's half of it gone and doesn't leave much for anything else. Help them budget and use it for what it's for, save the board argument until they have a full time job.
So I’ve got this rule, if you’re not going to school to better your job prospects, you better have a job. None of this leaving school without a job, you stay at school until you get a job and then you can leave school and work.
If they aren’t working the house better be spotless and I mean spotless. You need to be actively looking for work. Resume up to date and visiting business of any sort looking for work. I don’t care of hospitality isn’t your thing. If you’re 16 you don’t get to be picky on the work you’re doing.
To me if you aren’t in school, you’re contributing to the house. Be it by doing chores and keeping the house clean to giving financially if you’re receiving CL payments. For years I watched my mum let my younger brother live rent/financially free in her house whilst not contributing by doing chores either. He wasn’t out looking for work, he was sitting at his computer games all day and all night getting fed, housed, internet etc up until the age of freaking 30 whilst my sister and I were made to go to work at 14, whilst still at school, do weekly chores and contribute financially to the house. However boys were always treated like gods in our house.
So for me yes, contributing to the house and teaching them how a household functions costs etc is important. Especially if they have left school and are not holding down a full time job. Ensuring they’re getting out there daily and looking for work is important. Keeping them off computer games, making them do chores is also important. Teaching them that no school/no job, Does not equal a free ride.
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