Transition to Independent Living Allowance (TILA)

The Transition to Independent Living Allowance (TILA) is a one-off payment from the Australian Government to help young people who are leaving out-of-home care.  It provides a contribution of up to $1,500 towards the costs involved in moving to independent living.

The way the program is administered changed on 1 January 2014.  Young people, aged between 15 and 25 years who are leaving formal out-of-home will receive more personalised and flexible support. They will be able to access a $1,500 allowance for a range of support services as well as training and educational materials and other items like furniture and white goods.

The $1,500 payment is available in either a lump sum or up to six installments as agreed between the young person and their case worker, and will be paid by the Australian Government Department of Human Services (DHS).  Further information on eligibility, contacts for states and territories, as well as the application process are available in the TILA Operational Guidelines.

While state and territory governments have statutory responsibility for issues relating to the welfare of children, the Australian Government is working with the states and territories under the National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children 2009-2020 to improve the support available to young people transitioning from care to independence.

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