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  • People Needing Support
  • Friends/Family Needing Support
  • South Western Sydney Mental Health Directory
  • A South Western Sydney Mental Health Resource

    For Friends/Family

    Young People

    Resources for independence

    Click on any of the buttons below to view more information

    Medicare Cards

    You can get your own Medicare card when you’re 15.

    You need to complete the Application to copy or transfer from one Medicare card to another form and submit it at your local Medicare service centre. Bring suitable ID and the Medicare card number you’re currently on, if you know it.

    Once you get your Medicare card, you can access a range of services online or on your smart phone, without having to visit or call a service centre.

    Create a myGov account and link it to Medicare. This creates your Medicare online account. You can then download and use the Express Plus Medicare mobile app.

    You need to register your bank account details to get paid Medicare benefits.

    (Reference: Australian Government Department of Human Services)

    For more information visit: Department of Human Services – Financial and Health Support for young people

    Financial support for young people

    If you’re between 15 and 24, there are payments and services to help support you if you:

    • want to study, or
    • are becoming independent from your parents or carer

    Depending on your or your family’s circumstances, you may be able to get Youth AllowanceNewstart Allowance or ABSTUDY. These payments provide financial support while you’re:

    • looking for work
    • studying
    • training or
    • doing an Australian Apprenticeship

    (Reference: Australian Government Department of Human Services)

    For more information visit: Department of Human Services – Financial and Health Support for young people

    Other Government and community support services

    There are other organisations that provide support services and information. You can use Payment and Service Finder to find, estimate and compare payments and services you may be eligible for.

    MoneySmart has information to help you make the most of your money. Read the Under 25’s section on the MoneySmart website.

    Australian Apprenticeships has information and resources about Australian Apprenticeships and the support available.

    My Gateway: Apprenticeships and Traineeships provide continuous support, guidance and opportunities to help you reach your future career goals

    jobactive is a free online jobs website with vacancies listed across all industries and regions within Australia.

    myfuture is Australia’s national career information and exploration service It help people make career decisions, plan career pathways and manage work transitions.

    Study Assist has information about Australian Government assistance to finance your tertiary study and VET Student Loans.