Working Age Payments - Extension of Waiting Periods
The Government will align waiting periods for working age payments by altering the Income Maintenance Period. The Seasonal Work Preclusion Period will now apply to Disability Support Pension and Carer Payment.
The measure will result in savings in the Family and Community Services portfolio.
The measure will enhance consistency across working age payments and ensure that income support is targeted at those most in need.
The Seasonal Work Preclusion Period currently applies to most working age payments. People who earn significant income from seasonal work are expected to use that income to support themselves for a period before receiving income support.
This measure predominantly affects the Employment and Workplace Relations portfolio.
20 September 2006.
Total Financial Impact on FaCS
Net savings of $33.1 million over four years.