Working Age Payments

Working age payments assist people temporarily unable to support themselves through work or have a limited capacity to work due to disability or caring responsibilities. Eligibility for payments is targeted with means testing and supplementary payments ensuring that assistance is directed to those with the greatest need. Recipients who have the capacity to work are required to actively seek it and may be required to attend training or work experience to improve their job prospects.

For statistical information on the various types of labour market payments delivered by Centrelink on behalf of the Department of Social Services, see Labour Market and Related Payments Monthly Profile publications.

Benefits and payments

A range of benefits and payments are available to support working age people. Working age payments are administered through the Department of Human Services.

Newstart Allowance

An income support payment to help people who are looking for work or participating in approved activities that may increase their chances of finding a job.

Further information on eligibility and payment rates of Newstart Allowance is available on The Department of Human Services Website or call the Department of Human Services, Newstart Allowance area on 132 850.

Youth Allowance (other)

A means tested payment for young people 16-21 years of age, who are looking for full time work or undertaking approved activities.

Further information on eligibility and payment rates of Youth Allowance is available on The Department of Human Services Website or call the Department of Human Services, Youth Allowance – job seeker area on 132 490.

Parenting Payment Single

An income support payment for single parents or guardians to help with the cost of raising children.

Further information on eligibility and payment rates of Parenting Payment Single is available on The Department of Human Services Website or call the Department of Human Services, Families area on 136 150.

Parenting Payment Partnered

An income support payment for partnered parents or guardians to help with the cost of raising children.

Further information on eligibility and payment rates of Parenting Payment Partnered is available on The Department of Human Services Website or call the Department of Human Services, Families area on 136 150.

Drug Testing Trial

The Commonwealth Government is introducing a drug testing trial for new recipients of Newstart and Youth Allowance (other) in three locations from 1 January 2018. For more information about the trial and its locations, go to Drug Testing Trial.

Other working age payments and allowances

Sickness Allowance

An income support payment for people aged 22 years or older, but under age pension age, who temporarily cannot work or study because of an injury or illness.

Further information on eligibility and payment rates of Sickness Allowance is available on The Department of Human Services Website or call the Department of Human Services, People with disability area on 132 717.

Mobility Allowance

A payment for people with disability, illness or injury who cannot use public transport without substantial assistance and who need to travel to participate in approved activities.

Further information on eligibility and payment rates of Mobility Allowance is available on The Department of Human Services Website or call the Department of Human Services, People with disability area on 132 171.

Education Entry Payment (EdEP)

A payment available to people receiving specific income support payments, to help with the cost of study.

Further information on eligibility and payment rates of Education Entry Payment is available on The Department of Human Services Website or call the Department of Human Services, Students & trainees area on 132 490.

Act of Grace payments

An Act of Grace payment may be paid to people who have been unintentionally disadvantaged by the effects of Australian Government legislation, actions or omissions.

The Department of Finance decides claims for Act of Grace payments.

Further information on eligibility and payment rates of Act of Grace Payment is available on The Department of Human Services Website or the Department of Finance website, or call the Department of Human Services on 132 468.

Language, Literacy and Numeracy Supplement

A supplementary fortnightly payment to help people on eligible income support payments with the costs of participating in language, literacy and numeracy training.

Further information on eligibility and payment rates of the  Language, Literacy and Numeracy Supplement is available on The Department of Human Services Website or call the Department of Human Services on 132 468.

Approved Program of Work Supplement

A supplementary fortnightly payment to assist people on eligible income support payments with the costs of participating in an approved program of work.

Further information on eligibility and payment rates of the Approved Program of Work Supplement is available on The DSS Guides Website or call the Department of Human Services on 132 468.

Income Support Bonus

A tax free payment made twice a year to help people on some income support payments.

Further information on eligibility and payment rates of the Income Support Bonus is available on The Department of Human Services Website or call the Department of Human Services on 132 468.

Widow Allowance

An income support payment to help women, born on or before 1 July 1955, with no recent workforce experience who have become widowed, divorced or separated since turning 40.

Further information on eligibility and payment rates of Widow Allowance is available on The Department of Human Services Website or call the Department of Human Services, Bereavement area on 132 850.

Partner Allowance

An income support payment for people with limited work experience who are finding it hard to get work and their partner gets an income support payment.

New grants of Partner Allowance stopped on 20 September 2003.

Further information on eligibility and payment rates of Partner Allowance is available on The Department of Human Services Website or call the Department of Human Services on 132 468.

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