18.104.22.168 Utilities allowance (UA) - description
What is UA?
UA is a supplementary allowance that provides financial assistance to eligible income support recipients to help with the costs of utilities bills such as gas and electricity.
How UA is paid
UA is a quarterly payment that is paid into a recipient's bank account on or after the UA test days of 20 March, 20 June, 20 September and 20 December each year.
Act reference: SSAct section 1061T(2) Qualification for UA
UA was introduced in December 2004 as a Government election commitment, with payments commencing in March 2005. UA was paid to age (or veteran) pension age recipients receiving a social security or DVA service pension or income support supplement.
From 20 September 2009, as part of major pension reform, the value of UA was incorporated into:
- pension supplement (22.214.171.124) for most pensioners and for other income support recipients who have reached the qualifying age for Age, and
- the transitional rate of pension (126.96.36.199).
UA is currently only paid to PA and WA recipients under age pension age and DSP recipients under 21 years without children.
Note: Mature age allowance was closed to new recipients from 20 September 2003 and completely phased out from 19 September 2008.