Guides to Social Policy Law

Social Security Guide

Version 1.299 - Released 29 September 2022

Family Assistance Guide

Version 1.240 - Released 20 September 2022

Paid Parental Leave Guide

Version 1.77 - Released 1 July 2022

Child Support Guide

Version 4.66 - Released 20 September 2022

ABSTUDY Policy Manual

20 September 2022

National Redress Guide

Version 1.12 - Released 20 September 2022


The Guides to Social Policy Law is a collection of publications designed to assist decision makers administering social policy law. The purpose of each Guide is to support decision making by assisting in understanding the related law and policy, and its application. Decision makers must base their decisions on the relevant law, with regard to the Australian Government's policy and intent.

The Guides are updated regularly to clarify or reflect changes in legislative interpretation and/or policy application. The next update is scheduled for 7 November 2022.

The Department of Social Services (DSS) produces the Guides on behalf of DSS, the Department of Education, the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations (DEWR) and the National Recovery and Resilience Agency (NRRA). Content is provided by DSS, Department of Education, DEWR and NRRA, as it relates to the legislation they administer.

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The Assistance for Isolated Children Scheme Guidelines and the ABSTUDY Policy Manual are only available in DOCX and PDF format. The other Guides have been designed as web publications (HTML). They are not available in a single electronic file or in paper format. If there is information that you require and it is in a format you cannot access, or if you experience any other accessibility difficulties, please contact us.


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