What's New

3 July 2017 (v1.234)

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1.1.A.15 Accommodation bond, accommodation bond balance Clarified example.
1.1.A.63 Adjusted taxable income (LIS) (deleted) Removed information.
1.1.C.190 Clean energy payment Updated to reflect legislative changes.
1.1.C.210 Commonwealth scholarship Replaced information with reference to 1.1.I.115.
1.1.C.250 Compensation affected payment Updated policy.
1.1.D.40 Debt Updated definition.
1.1.D.233 Disqualifying scholarship New page.
1.1.E.163 Excluded payment (LIS) (deleted) Removed information.
1.1.I.92 Income year (LIS) (deleted) Removed information.
1.1.I.115 Indigenous Commonwealth Scholarship New page.
1.1.L.140 Lump sum Clarified policy.
1.1.M.136 Merit or equity-based scholarship Updated policy.
1.1.P.236 Personal financial crisis - OWP New page.
1.1.R.113 Refundable deposit, refundable deposit balance Clarified example.
1.1.S.125 Severe financial hardship - OWP, SWPP, LAWP, IMP Updated to reflect legislative change.
1.1.T.26 Tax free pensions or benefits New page.
1.1.T.70 Temporary incapacity for work (NSA, YA (job seeker), or full-time study YA (student)) Updated policy.
1.1.U.30 Unemployed (NSA) Added example under 'Unemployed - section 595'.
1.1.W.10 Waiting period Updated to reflect legislative change.
1.2.1.20 Youth Allowance (YA) - Description Updated policy.
1.2.2.30 Austudy Payment (Austudy) - Description Updated policy.
1.2.7.160 Student Start-up Scholarship - Description Updated policy.
1.2.7.165 Student Start-up Loan (SSL) - Description Updated policy.
1.2.11 Income Management Payments - Description (deleted) Removed section.
1.2.12.10 Clean Energy Advance (CEA) - Description Updated to reflect legislative change.
1.2.12.20 Energy Supplement (ES) - Description Updated to reflect legislative change.
1.2.12.30 Low Income Supplement (LIS) & Low Income Family Supplement (LIFS) - Description (deleted) Removed information.
2.2.14.10 Verification for LIS (deleted) Removed information.
3.1.2.10 Application of Waiting Periods Updated to reflect legislative change.
3.1.2.50 Ordinary Waiting Period Updated to reflect legislative change.
3.1.2.70 Exemptions from Waiting Periods Updated to reflect legislative change.
3.2.1.30 Waiting, Preclusion & Exclusion Periods for NSA Updated to reflect legislative change.
3.2.3.30 Waiting, Preclusion & Exclusion Periods for YA Added ordinary waiting period (OWP) to list of waiting periods that may apply to youth allowance (YA).
3.2.3.50 Supplementary Benefits & Employment Assistance for YA Recipients Removed reference to student start-up scholarship.
3.2.3.60 Notification & Recipient Obligations for YA Updated policy.
3.2.5.30 Unreasonable to Live at Home (YA, DSP & SpB) Updated policy where parents are separated.
3.2.5.80 YA & DSP - Self-supporting through Paid Employment Updated policy.
3.2.9.10 Mutual Obligation Requirements for NSA/YA Job Seekers - Suitable Activities - Overview Updated to include details about the Seasonal Horticultural Work program.
3.2.9.150 Suitable Activity - Placement in Other Commonwealth or State Government Labour Market or Appropriate Training or Skills Development Programs, including Skills for Education & Employment & NEIS Added details about the Seasonal Horticultural Work program.
3.2.11.10 Mutual Obligation Requirements for NSA/YA Job Seekers/YA Students - Exemptions - Temporary Incapacity Updated policy.
3.3.3.40 Supplementary Benefits & Assistance for Austudy Recipients Updated policy.
3.3.3.50 Notification & Recipient Obligations for Austudy Updated policy.
3.5.1.90 Payability Summary for PP Updated to reflect legislative change.
3.5.1.100 Payability of PP - Single Rate Updated to reflect legislative change.
3.5.1.110 Payability of PP - Partnered Rate Updated to reflect legislative change.
3.6.5.70 Waiting Periods for SA Updated to reflect legislative change.
3.7.6.20 Determining the Rate of DRA Clarified policy.
3.8.1.108 Assessing RA Payable Updated information about student scholarships.
3.8.15.10 Qualification for Relocation Scholarship Updated 'Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarship' to 'disqualifying accommodation scholarship'.
3.8.15.20 Payability of Relocation Scholarship Updated 'Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarship' to 'disqualifying accommodation scholarship'.
3.8.16 Student Start-up Scholarship - Qualification & Payability Updated policy.
3.8.16.10 Qualification for Student Start-up Scholarship Clarified that information is for historical purposes only.
3.8.16.20 Payability of Student Start-up Scholarship Clarified that information is for historical purposes only.
3.8.19.10 Qualification for SSL Updated policy.
3.8.19.20 Payability for SSL Updated policy.
3.15.2.30 ES & Holders of a CSHC Clarified policy.
3.15.3 LIS & LIFS - Qualification & Payability (deleted) Removed information.
4.2.1.20 Additional Free Area for Dependent Children Updated Act references.
4.2.2 Benefits Income Test & Limits Updated to reflect indexation of income free areas paused for 3 years.
4.2.4.20 PPP Income & Assets Tests & Limits Updated to reflect income free area at 1 July 2017.
4.2.7 DRA Income Test Updated policy.
4.2.8.05 Dependent YA - Reduction for Parental Income Updated examples.
4.2.8.10 Dependent YA - Parental Income Test Updated policy.
4.2.8.20 Dependent YA - Maintenance Income Test Updated maintenance income free area amount.
4.2.8.30 Independent YA - Personal Assets Test & Limits Updated to reflect legislative change.
4.3.1.20 Determining the Rate of Income for Pensioners of Age Pension Age from 20/09/2009 Clarified 'Apportioning remunerative lump sums'.
4.3.2.30 Income Exempt from Assessment - Legislated Updated 'Other exempt income'. Added information about seasonal work living away and travel allowance, and seasonal horticultural work income exemption.
4.3.2.31 Income Exempt from Assessment - Specifically Approved Updated list of group personal care support schemes approved by ministers. Added information about Secretarial determination - specified scholarships.
4.3.2.35 Income Exempt from Assessment - s 8(11) Exempt Lump Sums Updated list of lump sums exempted under section 8(11).
4.3.3.20 Income from Employment or Independent Contracting Clarified policy.
4.3.3.30 Employment Income for Pensioners of Age Pension Age pre-20/09/2009 Updated Act references.
4.3.3.35 Employment Income for Pensioners Below Age Pension Age Updated Act references.
4.3.3.90 Seasonal Horticultural Work Income Exemption New page.
4.3.9.40 Income from Scholarships Added Indigenous Commonwealth Reward Scholarship to list of Commonwealth scholarships.
4.3.9.50 Income from Gifts, Legacies, Royalties & Native Title Claims Updated to reflect legislative change.
4.4.1.10 Overview of Deeming Updated to reflect indexation.
4.4.1.20 Operation of Deeming Updated to reflect indexation.
4.4.1.50 Deeming Rate Calculation - Single DSP Recipient/Single Allowee Updated to reflect indexation.
4.4.1.60 Deeming Rate Calculation - Age Couple Updated to reflect indexation.
4.4.1.70 Deeming Rate Calculation - Single WidB Recipient/Single Allowee Updated to reflect indexation.
4.4.1.80 Deeming Rate Calculation - NSA Recipient, Partner Receiving PP Updated to reflect indexation.
4.4.1.90 Deeming Rate Calculation - Pensioner & Non-Pensioner Couple Updated to reflect indexation.
4.6.2.10 General Provisions for Exempt Assets Updated exempt funeral investment threshold.
4.6.6.30 Encumbrances & Loans Against Assets Clarified policy.
4.10.3 Historical Age & Invalid (Disability Support) Pension Income & Assets Limits Updated to reflect indexation.
4.10.4.20 Historical Widow B Means Test Limits & Additional Payments Updated to reflect indexation.
4.12.11.20 Qualification Provisions for the Primary Production Concession Added threshold amounts for 1 July 2016 and 1 July 2017.
4.13.2.20 Treatment of Periodic Payments as a Lump Sum Clarified policy.
4.13.2.60 Lump Sum Preclusion Period - General Clarified policy.
4.13.3.10 Overview of Periodic Compensation Payments Clarified policy.
4.13.3.30 Effect of Periodic Compensation on the Partner of a Compensation Recipient Clarified policy.
4.13.4.20 Factors to Consider When Determining Special Circumstance Provisions Clarified policy.
4.14.3.35 Special Disability Trusts - Discretionary Spending Updated discretionary spending limit.
4.14.3.40 Means Testing of Special Disability Trusts Updated concessional asset value limits.
5.1.6.40 DRA - Current Rates Clarified policy.
5.1.7.45 Student Start-up Scholarship - Current Rate Updated to reflect student start-up scholarship no longer available.
5.1.8.50 Common Provisions Affecting Indexation of Pensions Updated Act references.
5.1.10.20 ES - Current Rates Updated to reflect legislative change.
5.1.10.30 LIS - Current Rates (deleted) Removed information.
5.1.10.40 EMEP - Current Rates Updated to reflect indexation.
5.2.6.120 Relocation Scholarship Historical Rates New page.
5.2.9.20 EMEP - Historical Rates Updated to reflect indexation.
5.5.5 Samples of DRA Rate Calculations Updated policy.
5.5.5.10 DRA, Eligible for YA, Income Cut-off Does Not Apply Clarified policy.
5.5.5.20 DRA, Eligible for NSA, Income Cut-off Does Not Apply Clarified policy.
6.7.2.60 Debt Repayment by Instalments Clarified policy.
9.2.8.01 Visa Subclass 500 Student New page.
9.2.8.20 Visa Subclass 562 Student (deleted) Removed information.
9.2.8.30 Visa Subclass 563 Student (deleted) Removed information.
9.2.8.40 Visa Subclass 570 Independent ELICOS Sector Added note that this visa is no longer issued.
9.2.8.50 Visa Subclass 571 Schools Sector Added note that this visa is no longer issued.
9.2.8.60 Visa Subclass 572 Vocational Education & Training Sector Added note that this visa is no longer issued.
9.2.8.70 Visa Subclass 573 Higher Education Sector Added note that this visa is no longer issued.
9.2.8.80 Visa Subclass 574 Postgraduate Research Sector Added note that this visa is no longer issued.
9.2.8.90 Visa Subclass 575 Non-award Foundation/Other Sector Added note that this visa is no longer issued.
9.2.8.100 Visa Subclass 576 AusAid or Defence Sector Added note that this visa is no longer issued.
9.2.8.110 Visa Subclass 580 Student Guardian Added note that this visa is no longer issued.
9.2.8.120 Visa Subclass 590 Student Guardian New page.
10.1.9.70 Inside Australia Rate - One of a Couple Paid under the Direct Deduction Rate Updated policy.
10.2 Agreement with New Zealand Updated chapter to reflect new agreement.
10.4.5.30 Transfer of Contributions - Agreement with Italy Clarified policy.
10.4.6 Requirement to Claim a Benefit from Italy Clarified policy.
10.4.8.20 Outside Australia Rate - Agreement with Italy Clarified policy.
11.1.1.60 Payments Subject to Income Management Removed reference to student start-up scholarship.
11.3.4 Payments Subject to Income Management under the Child Protection Measure Removed reference to student start-up scholarship.
11.4.3 Payments Income Managed under the Vulnerable Welfare Payment Recipients Measure Removed reference to student start-up scholarship.
11.5.2 Payments Income Managed under the Disengaged Youth Measure Removed reference to student start-up scholarship.
11.6.2 Payments Income Managed under the Long-term Welfare Payment Recipients Measure Removed reference to student start-up scholarship.
11.7.5 Payments Income Managed under the VIM Measure Removed reference to student start-up scholarship.
11.7.9 VIM Incentive Payment (deleted) Removed information.
11.9.4 Payments Subject to Income Management under the SPAR Measure Removed reference to student start-up scholarship.