BSWAT Payment Scheme

Thousands of people with intellectual impairment are entitled to a one-off payment through the Australian Government’s BSWAT Payment Scheme.

Between 2004 and 2014, the Business Services Wage Assessment Tool (BSWAT) was used to assess the wages of many supported employees of Australian Disability Enterprises (ADEs).

In 2012, the Federal Court determined that the BSWAT indirectly discriminated against two ADE employees with an intellectual disability.

The Australian Government has set up the BSWAT Payment Scheme.

The scheme will provide a one-off payment of $100 or more to an eligible supported employee with intellectual impairment.

To receive a payment, a person must register with the scheme before 30 April 2017.

For more information, call the BSWAT Payment Scheme hotline on 1800 799 515 or send an email to bswatpayments@dss.gov.au.

As the scheme progresses, the information contained in the web pages below will be updated and new web pages will be added.

Latest News

Read the latest updates about the BSWAT Payment Scheme.

Easy Read Resources

Participants and their supporters should refer to the comprehensive Easy Read Handbook about the scheme. It is written in a way that is easy to understand and uses images to help explain the information. There are also other Easy Read resources for participants.

Register for the scheme online

To apply for a payment, people must register with the scheme by 30 April 2017. It’s quick and easy to register using this online form.

How to apply for and receive a payment

This page explains how to apply for and receive a payment, including who is eligible. It also includes information about financial counselling, legal advice and tax.

Legal Advisor and Financial Counsellor Register

A public register of qualified legal practitioners and accredited financial counsellors who have expressed their interest in providing services under the scheme.

Asking for a Review

If a participant or their nominee is not happy with a decision made about the BSWAT Payment Scheme, they can ask for a review.

BSWAT Payment Scheme Resources

This web page includes resources that may assist you when registering and applying for the BSWAT Payment Scheme, such as easy read fact sheets and guides. This page also includes resources for participants’ families and nominees, employers, and legal advisors and financial counsellors.

Information for Legal Advisors and Financial Counsellors

This web page includes information for legal advisors and financial counsellors interested in providing services to participants.

BSWAT Payment Scheme Information Sessions

This web page provides information about the information sessions held in October 2016 about the BSWAT Payment Scheme for supported employees, their family and carers.

Q&As: BSWAT Payment Scheme

This web page includes general information about the BSWAT Payment Scheme, including the history, how the scheme works, eligibility criteria, and the scheme’s relationship to the class action.

Other information

Questions and Answers: BSWAT and Future of ADEs

Tax and the BSWAT Payment Scheme

Contact us

Get in touch with the BSWAT Payment Scheme by phone, email or post. We can answer your questions and guide you through the process.

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