March 2012 Newsletter
No more deductions with Youth Allowance
The government is expected to introduce legislative amendments soon to prevent deductions against all government assistance payments for individuals from 1 July 2011, following a controversial High Court decision in 2010 (the Anstis decision). In that decision, the High Court had allowed an individual who incurred study expenses in gaining Youth Allowance to deduct the expenses from her assessable income. The government’s proposed legislative amendments will also affect students on Austudy and ABSTUDY.