Entitlement Period - an Overview


This is the period over which a recipient's entitlement will accrue. It is usually 14 days. For most recipients, their entitlement period (1.1.E.125) will end 2 working days before their delivery day (1.1.D.55). For recipients receiving a benefit other than benefit PP (partnered) their entitlement period will end one working day before their payment delivery day. This different treatment is necessary for current payment processing reasons.

Act reference: SSAct section 23(1)-'social security benefit'

When can entitlement periods be for periods of less than 14 days?

An entitlement period can be for less than 14 days where the recipient:

  • has just started on payment,
  • has lost entitlement to payment, or
  • changed their payment delivery day.

Policy reference: SS Guide Entitlement period - general rules, Recipient Loses Entitlement, Changing a Payment Delivery Day

Last reviewed: 8 May 2017