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8.4 SIFS - grandfathering provisions


From 1 July 2017, new recipients will be ineligible to receive SIFS. Grandfathering arrangements permit recipients with a current entitlement to SIFS as at 30 June 2017, to continue to receive SIFS, as long as they remain eligible for the payment.

Those recipients will be grandfathered until the first day the recipient is no longer eligible for SIFS. For example, if they do not have a SIFS qualifying child, the family does not meet the income tests, the recipient or SIFS qualifying child is outside Australia for a period of more than 6 weeks, regardless of when the period of absence began, or for other reasons. Recipients must be continuously eligible and entitled to be paid SIFS each day from 30 June 2017 to remain grandfathered.

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