The Guides to Social Policy Law is a collection of publications designed to assist decision makers administering social policy law. The information contained in this publication is intended only as a guide to relevant legislation/policy. The information is accurate as at the date listed at the bottom of the page, but may be subject to change. To discuss individual circumstances please contact Services Australia.

1.2 Description of payments


This chapter describes the main FA payments covered in this Guide. These brief descriptions draw together various aspects of each payment that are discussed within the body of the Guide. Where applicable, the areas covered for each payment include:

  • objective of the payment
  • basic eligibility requirements
  • overview of rates determination
  • components of the payment
  • payment options
  • supplementary assistance (other entitlements associated with the payment), and
  • background to the payment.

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