An education is out of reach for thousands of young people
The rising cost of living pressures, casualised and insecure work, high rent costs, and the increasing cost of education fees – all exacerbated by COVID-19 – are making it harder than ever for students to pay for their studies.
We surveyed over 673 students across Australia
One day a friend and I were having a chat about how much Youth Allowance and other payments from work we were receiving – and we realised we were living way under the poverty line. That’s when it really hit me that this isn’t the way I should be living right now.
Jesse (he/him), 23
Since I’ve been 18 – I’ve run in multiple elections as a candidate including running for Federal Government, if I’m responsible enough to do that why aren’t I considered independent for Youth Allowance?
Rebecca (they/them), 20
Receiving the COVID supplement in 2020 meant that I didn’t have to stress so much about work and losing my job. My grades actually went up a lot during that period, because I was able to focus more on my degree.