Transition Into Independent Living Allowance (TILA)

About our service

Melbourne City Mission is the Victorian provider of the Transition to Independent Living Allowance (TILA) through Frontyard Youth Services

TILA is currently a one-off payment from the Australian Government to help young people who are leaving out-of-home care.  It provides a contribution of up to $1500 towards the costs involved in moving to independent living.

The way the program is administered changed on 1 January 2014. Young people, aged between 15– 25 years who are leaving formal out-of-home will receive more personalised and flexible supports. They will be able to access a $1500 allowance for a range of support services as well as training and educational materials, and other items like furniture and white goods.

The $1500 payment will be available in up to six instalments as agreed between the young person and their case worker, and will be paid by the Australian Government Department of Human Services (DHS). 

Is this support for me/my client?

TILA is for young people aged 15– 25 years who have been in, or are currently in, out-of-home care. To be eligible, young people must have left out-of-home care after the age of 15 years (or be within twelve weeks of leaving care) and have last been in out-of-home care for a continuous period of at least six months.

Eligibility criteria

To receive the allowance the young person must:
  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident who resides in Australia at the time of submitting the application
  • be aged 15–25 (inclusive) at the time of submitting the application
  • have been, or are currently in, formal care on a court order
  • either be approaching an exit from formal care (within twelve weeks of applying), experiencing an exit from formal care, or have exited from formal care
  • have left the care of the state or territory statutory department after the age of 15 years and was last in the departments care for a continuous period of at least six months
  • have not received the full amount of TILA assistance previously; a young person can only receive up to a total of $1500
  • have a leaving care plan agreed with their case worker
  • have agreed with their case worker that the proposed use and timing of TILA is appropriate.

The allowance can be accessed in up to six instalments as agreed with the young person’s case worker. The previous 24 month time limit to apply for funding assistance will no longer apply.



How can I access this support?

To apply, support workers (e.g. case worker, leaving care worker) will need to fill out the application form listed above and email it to


Support workers will need to sign the case worker declaration on the application form to certify that the young person meets the eligibility criteria, and that the use of TILA aligns with the priorities in the young person's care or transition plan. 

Support workers will need to possess the facilities to distribute funds to the TILA applicant and all workers will need to continue working with the TILA applicant until there has been the distribution of funds as per the TILA application.

For young people who do not have a case worker or a support worker – for example, young people who have already left care but do not have a leaving care support worker – Melbourne City Mission will assist the young person to apply for TILA and will sign the case worker declaration.


If you need to find out more about this service, please contact us:
Melbourne City Mission Leaving Care Hotline: 1300 532 846