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Reforming Youth Allowance: The “Independent-at- Home” Category

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  • Bruce Chapman
  • Kiatanantha Lounkaew

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Several of the Youth Allowance eligibility criteria for independent status were subject to severe criticism in the recent Review of Australian Higher Education (2008). Specifically, it seems to be the case that many students are able to qualify for socalled “independent-at-home” financial support even though they may be living in circumstances of relative economic advantage. The paper examines the policy and statistical basis for these claims with the use of data from the HILDA survey and reports apparently strong support for the notion that the rules result in important inequities; the evidence was important to the deliberations of the Review Committee. The Commonwealth Government has recently announced changes to YA consistent with these findings.

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Paper provided by Centre for Economic Policy Research, Research School of Economics, Australian National University in its series CEPR Discussion Papers with number 623.

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Date of creation: Sep 2009
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Handle: RePEc:auu:dpaper:623

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Keywords: Youth Allowance; student income support; grants; “independent-athome”’ HILDA.;

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  1. Buly A Cardak & Chris Ryan, 2006. "Why are high ability individuals from poor backgrounds under-represented at university?," Working Papers 2006.04, School of Economics, La Trobe University.
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