For young people leaving formal care
From 1 January 2014, young people leaving formal care may be eligible to receive the $1,500 Transition to Independent Living Allowance (TILA) to help them move to independent living. The allowance can be used for a range of support services as well as training and education materials.
To receive the allowance the young person must:
- be an Australian citizen or permanent Australian resident who resides in Australia at the time of submitting the application
- be aged 15 to 25 (inclusive) at the time of submitting the application
- have been, or are currently in, formal care on a court order
- either be approaching an exit from formal care (within twelve weeks of applying), experiencing an exit from formal care, or have exited from formal care
- have left the care of the state or territory statutory department after the age of 15 years and was last in the department’s care for a continuous period of at least 6 months
- have not received the full amount of TILA assistance previously; a young person can only receive up to a total of $1,500
- have a leaving care plan agreed with their case worker
- have agreed with their case worker that the proposed use and timing of TILA is appropriate.
They can access the allowance in up to six installments as agreed with their case worker.
The previous 24 month time limit to apply for funding assistance will no longer apply.
For young people leaving informal care
Young people leaving informal care are not eligible for TILA.
There are a wide range of government programs and community organisations that provide support services and useful information that may be able to help them transition to independent living. For more information refer to Support services for young people moving to independent living.