Transition to Independent Living Allowance (TILA) Operational Guidelines

The Department of Social Services (DSS) has revised the Operational Guidelines for the Transition to Independent Living Allowance (TILA) and updated them to April 2016.

The main changes in the refreshed Operational Guidelines are:

  • The Programme Guidelines have been retired so all the information about TILA can now be found in the one set of Operational Guidelines.
  • DSS no longer requires TILA applications to be submitted to the TILA Office for approval. Case workers can make applications for TILA through the Department of Human Services Unified Government Gateway without prior approval from DSS.
  • A final TILA application of less than $250 can be made where the amount applied for is the same as the remaining balance.
  • Eligibility for TILA has been clarified with formal care and court orders being defined according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare definitions in the Child Protection Australia 2013-14 report.
  • How to manage surplus TILA funds is explained.
  • Contact details for young people to contact state and territory child protection authorities have been updated.

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