1.2.7.180 Approved Program of Work Supplement (APWS) - Description

Objective of APWS

The APWS is a supplementary fortnightly payment of $20.80 available to assist people on eligible income support payments with the costs of participating in an approved programme of work.

Qualification

A person is qualified for the APWS in respect of an instalment period if they are receiving an eligible income support payment and they participate in an approved programme of work during at least one day in the instalment period.

The eligible income support payments for the APWS are:

  • newstart allowance,
  • youth allowance,
  • parenting payment,
  • disability support pension, and
  • SpB (nominated visa holders only).

Programmes of work that are declared by the Employment Secretary under SSAct section 28 to be approved programmes of work for the APWS are:

  • Work for the Dole,
  • National Work Experience Programme, and
  • Green Army Programme.

How APWS is paid

APWS is paid fortnightly with the person's main payment. A person who is in an employment income nil rate period is still eligible to receive the supplement.

The APWS is not indexed or income and assets tested, but is taxed and is covered by the debt recovery provisions of the SSAct.

Act reference: SSAct section 23(1)-'approved program of work for income support payment', section 28 Approved programs of work for income support payment

Policy reference: SS Guide 3.8.18 APWS - Qualification & Payability, 5.1.7.120 APWS - Current Rates

Last reviewed: 7 November 2016