Nationals to change student test

THE Nationals’ candidate for Cowper, Luke Hartsuyker, said more students will be able to claim Youth Allowance under the Coalition’s policy to extend a relaxed work test to the inner regional areas.

“This means the whole of the electorate of Cowper will be covered by the new work test and will totally reverse the damaging changes made by the Rudd-Gillard Government,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

“It recognises the difficulty young students face in finding work in regional areas when they are trying to make a contribution to their own study costs.”

He said for young people from rural areas who, because of the geographical location of their family home, are required to relocate for full-time study, more generous workforce participation criteria for independence will apply for Youth Allowance and ABSTUDY. This will be in addition to the option to qualify immediately through the parental income test.



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