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Are you eligible for
Students must be an Australian resident
and in the country to lodge a claim for the
To be eligible for Youth Allowance students must be:
• 16 to 21 years old and looking for full-time work or
undertaking approved activities.
• 18 to 24 years old and studying full-time.
• 16 and 17 years old and have completed year 12
or equivalent, need to live away from home in order to
study, or considered independent for Youth Allowance.
• 16 to 24 years old and undertaking a full-time
Anyone aged 22 or older is automatically considered
'independent' in terms of eligibility criteria.
Those aged under 22 can earn the status by being
employed on a full-time basis -- at an average of 30 hours
per week -- for at least 18 months during any period of
two years, have a dependent child or are unable to live at
home due to "extreme circumstances".
Students from areas classified as inner regional, outer
regional, remote and very remote can be assessed as
independent who, since leaving high school have:
• Earned at least 75 per cent of 'wage level A of the
National Training Wage Schedule' included in a modern
award, in an 18-month period, or
• Worked part-time (at least 15 hours each week) for at
least two years.
Personal income and assets tests will be used to work
out eligibility and the payment amount.
Those classed as 'independent' do not generally have
their parents' income and assets taken into consideration.
However, for regional and remote students applying
for Youth Allowance under the earnings or part-time
work independence criteria, parental income is taken into
In these circumstances, parental income must be under
People who do not meet the 'independent' criteria are
This means parents' or guardians' income and assets
will be used to determine eligibility.
For more information, visit the website (humanservices.
Up-to-date information needed for payment
School leavers planning on
claiming Youth Allowance while
studying at a tertiary level are
reminded that they must provide
supporting documentation when
lodging their application.
Federal Department of Human Services
general manager Hank Jongen said this will
ensure students are paid from the earliest
"Supporting documents are essential to
finalise a claim and any delays in providing
them can ultimately lead to a delay in
payment," he said.
"Supporting documents assist the
department to confirm your identity,
determine your eligibility for payment and
calculate the amount of Youth Allowance you
"The quickest and easiest way to provide
your supporting documents is by uploading
them through online services or the Express
Plus Centrelink app.
"Once students start receiving their
payment, they can use online services or the
app to let the department know about any
changes to their circumstances that may affect
their payment, including study details, income,
and address or relationship status."
Students can keep up-to-date by
subscribing to 'News for Students and
Trainees' on the website (humanservices.
gov.au/students), 'liking' the Student Update
Facebook page, following @StudentUpdateAU
on Twitter and visiting the 'Information for
students and trainees' playlist on the Human
Services YouTube channel.
Have a say on dog plan
Locals are welcome
to submit feedback to a
State Government's draft
Wild Dog Strategic Plan.
Wild dogs, including din-
goes and their hybrids, can be
a pest to livestock but is also a
wildlife species with important
ecological and cultural values.
and Conservation Minister
Ian Hunter said the draft
plan aimed to find a balance
between these two competing
"Wild dog management is
an important and challenging
issue," he said.
"The management of wild
dogs is essential for the sus-
tainability of South Australia's
extensive sheep and cattle
industries, yet there are ben-
efits in maintaining reasonable
dingo populations north of the
dog fence to help keep other
pest animals in check and for
their intrinsic value.
"The key to successful wild
dog management is a shared
and coordinated approach
between government, industry,
land managers and the com-
In addition to the draft South
Australian Wild Dog Strategic
Plan, the South Australian
Wild Dog Advisory Group
(SAWDAG) has also produced
a report on potential improve-
ments to existing wild dog
control programs, including
consideration of future fund-
"The State Government and
the SA Arid Lands Natural
Board are already acting on
the recommendations of the
SAWDAG report," Mr Hunter
"In the last 12 months
$580,000 has been invested
in wild dog management, with
contributions from the federal
and State Governments and the
"This is in addition to the
ongoing $1 million a year main-
tenance costs of the Dog Fence
jointly provided by the State
Government and industry."
The public consultation peri-
od for the draft South Australian
Wild Dog Strategic Plan closes
on February 27.
The draft plan and a feed-
back form can be electronically
downloaded via the website
Alternatively, people can
obtain an information pack by
calling 8303 9620.
The SAWDAG report and
the Government's response to
its recommendations can be
found on the PIRSA website
New chairman for DR board
(DR) has appointed
citrus industry leader
Peter Walker to
chairman of its board
following the departure
of inaugural chair Joan
Mr Walker -- an inaugural
board member -- and deputy
chairperson Deb Alexander
will now lead the board fol-
lowing Mrs Hall's retirement.
She acknowledged the sup-
port of all four councils in
the Riverland tourism region
and Regional Development
Australia Murraylands and
Riverland during DR's first
"Without the support of
the Councils, none of our
achievements would have
been possible," she said.
"Including the opportunity
for a well-promoted Riverland
to be an important economic
driver for the region."
The new board members
include Peter Walker and
Deb Alexander, along with
Garry Pinnington, Miriam
Griffen, Brenton Pankhurst,
Matt Major, Hayley Ramsay
and Jenny Semmler.
Locals Kieren Fogden (left) and Andrew Crambrook (right) were recently presented
with their Grand Prior's Badge for their service to St John Ambulance as cadets.
They are pictured with St John Ambulance regional staff officer Brian Forgan.
Duo ready to assist
After 10 years of courses and
knowledge building, two locals
are now adult members of St John
Ambulance and ready to assist the
Kieren Fogden and Andrew Crambrook
were recently awarded the Grand Prior's
Badge of St John ambulance cadets, after
completing 12 proficiency badges.
St John Ambulance regional staff offi-
cer Brian Forgan said the badge was a
"It is with great pleasure that we
now welcome both young men into
the organisation as new adult members
where we hope they will gain satisfac-
tion from further assisting the commu-
nity," he said.
Both Kieran and Andrew began as
cadets at 8 years old and in that time have
carried out courses in family care, camp-
ing, map reading and first aid.
"Both cadets have provided first aid
and have attended many events over
their time with St John cadets including
attending the Loxton Show, go-karts and
other motorsports, school events and
sports days as well as many others," Mr
Roadsafe ready for start to school year
reminded to drive
schools when term
starts next Tuesday.
Speed limits of 25km/h
apply at designated school
zones and crossings when-
ever children are present.
This includes times out-
side of school hours, and
whenever a child is on
the road, footpath, median
strip or even on a bicycle
within the area.
Police recommend that
caregivers avoid double-
parking or stopping on
crossings, as this may
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