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    Government Incentives for Seasonal Work

    To support the agricultural sector and young Australians affected by the economic impact of the Coronavirus pandemic, the Government is committing $16.3 million to temporarily introduce a new pathway for achieving independence for the purposes of Youth Allowance (student) and ABSTUDY.

    From 30 November 2020 to 31 December 2021, a person who earns $15,000 through employment in the agricultural sector will be considered independent for Youth Allowance (student) or ABSTUDY purposes, if claiming from 1 March 2021.

    Key facts

    • This change is designed to incentivise young Australians, including school leavers, to work in the upcoming harvest season.
    • People can only qualify as independent under this measure if their combined parental income is under the Parental Income Threshold of $160,000 per annum (plus $10,000 for each additional child).
    • If a person does not reach the $15,000 threshold, their workforce participation can still be assessed under existing independence criteria.

    For more information about this measure and other Department of Social Services’ Budget measures, visit the Department of Social Services website (dss.gov.au)
    For information about the Budget 2020-21, visit the Australian Government budget website (budget.gov.au)

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