Class of payments exempt from income management

Class of payment specified in instrument

SS(Admin)Act section 123UGB allows for the Minister to specify a class of welfare payment recipients as exempt from income management.

Act reference: SS(Admin)Act section 123UGB Exempt welfare payment recipient-inclusion in specified class

Special benefit

Certain SpB recipients have the same characteristics as people who will not be subject to income management. These include most recipients of Age, DSP and CP.

Generally, SpB recipients will be exempt if they:

  • do not have an activity tested SpB payment
  • are 16 years of age or older, and
  • are not the principal carer of a child under 6 years of age.

Groups of SpB recipients should be exempt if they do not have the same characteristics as other groups that are subject to category income management.

Note: A number of SpB recipients may require contact with a Centrelink social worker. An SpB recipient may be determined by the Centrelink social worker to be a VWPR and therefore to be subject to income management under that measure.

Last reviewed: 11 November 2019