Transition to Independent Living Allowance

The Department of Social Services is holding a survey to improve the Transition to Independent Living Allowance (TILA). We would like to hear from:

  • young people who have used the payment and are leaving out-of-home about how useful the payment was in their transition to independence. 
  • eligible young people who have not yet applied for the payment to find out how we can better support them to access the payment. 
  • caseworkers and non-parent carers about their experience with accessing information on TILA and the application process. 

Help us improve this payment by participating in this survey at We look forward to your responses.

The Transition to Independent Living Allowance (TILA) is a one-off payment of up to $1,500 available to eligible young people.

TILA helps support young people aged between 15 to 25 years who are leaving or have already left formal or court ordered out-of-home care, transition to independent living. TILA is also for young people who continue to live with their non-parent carers after their care order expires.

The TILA payment can be used to buy items and services such as a fridge or couch, pay for counselling, education and training courses, medical expenses, a bond for accommodation, a drivers licence or any other eligible items or services agreed between the young person and their caseworker. The What can TILA be used for factsheet has more information on what TILA can be used for.

You can contact the TILA Team at if you have any questions regarding TILA.

Select any of the boxes below to find out more on that topic, process or service.


Last updated: