Information on leaving care plans
A young person must have a current leaving care plan to apply for the Transition to Independent Living Allowance (TILA).
A leaving care plan is also called a transition from care plan and it is developed by a young person and their caseworker around when they turn 15 years of age, to help them transition from out-of-home care to independence.
The plan is individualised and covers the required supports that a young person might need to assist for their future independence. The plan is to be reviewed regularly, and can cover the following relevant life domains:
- Health including physical, emotional (including self-esteem, mental, sexual and dental)
- Education and training
- Financial security
- Social relationships and support networks
- Life (and after care) skills
- Identity and culture
- Legal matters.
The plan should be guided by and align with the Transitioning from out-of-home care to independence: A nationally consistent approach to planning.
If a young person does not have a plan or they would like to update their plan, they should contact their caseworker. If they do not have a caseworker they should get in touch with their local state or territory department for child protection who will provide further assistance.