YANQ is calling on the sector to support equitable access to welfare for young people. Currently, 18 year olds are not automatically considered independent by Centrelink in order to receive Youth Allowance. Even students moving out of home to attend university can be denied access to income support based on a parent or partner’s income. A liveable wage is essential so students are not skipping meals, going without medication, sleeping rough or couch surfing. Add your name to the petition to tell the federal government that welfare access should be equitable for young people, and that the age of independence needs to be changed.