11.1.3.50 Priority needs under income management

Priority needs

Priority needs are defined in the SS(Admin)Act section 123TH. The Minister may expand on the list by making a legislative instrument. A person's priority needs are:

  • food
  • non-alcoholic beverages
  • clothing
  • footwear
  • basic personal hygiene items
  • basic household items
  • housing including
    • rent
    • home loan repayments
    • repairs
    • maintenance
  • household utilities including
    • electricity
    • gas
    • water
    • sewerage
    • garbage collection
    • fixed line telephone
    • short-term residential accommodation ( which means crisis or emergency accommodation: hostels, boarding houses or caravan parks or similar accommodation for residential use for a period of generally 3 months duration or less)
  • rates and land tax
  • health including
    • medical, nursing, dental or other health services
    • pharmacy items
    • the supply, alteration or repair of artificial teeth
    • the supply, alteration or repair of an artificial limb (or part of a limb)
    • artificial eye or hearing aid
    • the supply, alteration or repair of a medical or surgical appliance
    • the testing of eyes
    • the prescribing of spectacles or contact lenses
    • the supply of spectacles or contact lenses
    • the management of a disability
  • child care and development
  • education and training
  • toys (that are educational, this does not include electronic toys)
  • items required for the purposes of the person's employment, including
    • a uniform or other occupational clothing
    • protective footwear
    • tools of trade
  • funerals
  • public transport services, where services are used wholly or partly for purposes in connection with any of the above needs, and
  • the acquisition, repair, maintenance or operation of
    • a motor vehicle
    • a motor cycle, or
    • a bicycle
    • that is used wholly or partly for purposes in connection with any of the above needs.

Note: This list is not a hierarchy. All priority needs are equal in status for the purposes of income management.

Act reference: SS(Admin)Act section 123TH Priority needs

Last reviewed: 11 November 2019