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Supplementary benefits

Away from Home Allowance

Costs covered

An Away from Home Allowance provides help with accommodation costs for the caregivers of dependent 16 and 17 year olds who move away from home to undertake:

The amount of Away from Home Allowance payable is the difference between:

All accommodation costs must be verified when applying for an Away from Home Allowance.

EligibilityTop

For an Away from Home Allowance to be paid, the client must be:

In addition, the young person must be living away from home to undertake a course that (if they were old enough to receive one) would qualify them for either:

The allowance is income tested, but is non-taxable and is not asset tested.

Numbers receiving an Away from Home AllowanceTop

The number of clients receiving an Away from Home Allowance fluctuated

The number of clients receiving an Away from Home Allowance increased from 41 to 57 between 2010 and 2011, then decreased to 38 in 2012.

This reflected fluctuations in grants of Away from Home Allowance, which rose from 99 to 111 between 2009/2010 and 2010/2011, then decreased to 76 in 2011/2012.

Most of those receiving and granted an Away from Home Allowance were in working families

Over this period, between 60% and 66% of Away from Home Allowance recipients, and between 58% and 64% of clients granted an allowance, were in working families. Domestic Purposes Benefit recipients accounted for most of the remaining allowances received and granted.