1.2.3.60 Special Needs Pension (SpNP) - Description

Objective of the SpNP

SpNP is paid to people who were long-term residents but who left Australia (1.1.A.320) prior to 7 May 1973 and the introduction of general portability (1.1.P.310) of payments. It was a way of getting Age, DSP, WP or WidB paid outside Australia.

Background information

SpNP was introduced on 7 May 1973, following the introduction of general portability of payments.

Act reference: SSAct Part 2.16 Special needs pensions

Policy reference: SS Guide 3.4.6 SpNP - qualification & payability, 5.1.3.50 SpNP - Current Rates

Last reviewed: 15 August 2016