The Australian Educational Researcher

, Volume 28, Issue 3, pp 63–85 | Cite as

Keeping it straight: How the common youth allowance policies regulate or circumscribe women’s sexuality

  • Sarah Lantz


The Australian Federal Government introduced the Common Youth Allowance (CYA), on 1 July 1998. The great majority of the package passed through the Senate with the support of the Australian Labor Party and independent Senator Brian Harradine, who at the time held the balance of power in the Upper House. It was sold to the public as being ‘more flexible’, ‘simpler’ and a way to integrate and ‘harmonise’ income support payments for young people with the rest of social security payments. The intention of the legislation was to replace unemployment benefits such as Youth Training Allowance (YTA) for those under 18 years, Newstart allowances for those over 18, and AUSTUDY for those enrolled in full-time study. The effects of this move on young people have been documented in a recent research project, identifying the difficulties facing young lesbian students in accessing the CYA.


Income Support Homosexual Behaviour Social Security Payment Homophobic Attitude Australian Labor Party 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sarah Lantz
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  1. 1.Faculty of EducationUniversity of MelbourneAustralia

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