3.10.5.60 Transfers Between Payments

Summary

When a person moves between income support payments, they will generally retain their entitlement period end day (1.1.E.126), although they may not retain the same delivery day (1.1.D.55).

If a person who is receiving a social security payment ceases to be payable (the initial payment), but is qualified for another social security payment (the new payment), the person's start day for the new payment will be:

  • where the claim for the new social security payment is made within 14 days of the end date of the initial payment - the day immediately after the last day the initial payment was payable,
  • where the claim for the new social security payment is made more than 14 days and not more than 13 weeks after the end date of the initial payment - the start day will be the day immediately after the last day the initial payment was payable only if the delay was due to medical illness or incapacity. If not, the person's start day will be the day the claim is made.

To arrive at the amount to be paid to a particular person for an entitlement period, the system adds together the amounts due for each day in the period. This is known as the accumulator (1.1.A.28). This will allow much more accurate targeting of welfare expenditure.

Example: A person in receipt of MAA who becomes eligible for Age (1.1.P.129) on day 9 of their entitlement period will receive 8 days of MAA and 6 days of Age in their next payment. The person's entitlement period will remain the same.

Act reference: SS(Admin)Act Schedule 1 clause 1 Definitions, Schedule 2 clause 3 Start day-general rule, Schedule 2 clause 9 Claim by transferee

Policy reference: SS Guide 3.10.2.20 Entitlement Period - General Rules, 3.10.3.10 Timing of Payment Delivery

Parenting payment rules

The gain or loss of a partner (1.1.P.85) is a rate event for PP. However, PPP and PPS are administered across 2 different payment systems, which means that the notification handler (1.1.N.124) can apply the date of effect rules to a 'cancellation' of PPP or PPS where a partner is gained or lost, but not to a 'commencement' of PPP or PPS where a partner is gained or lost.

The notification handler will treat the gaining of a partner as an adverse rate event, and the loss of a partner as a favourable rate event, and apply the associated date of effect rules to the 'cancellation'. Assessors will need to 'commence' PPP or PPS from the day after the 'cancellation' of PPP or PPS to ensure no break in entitlement. The instalment accumulator will then total amounts of PPP and PPS due for a single entitlement period (1.1.E.125) and issue the instalment on the person's entitlement period end day.

Policy reference: SS Guide 3.5.1 PP - Qualification & Payability, 3.10.2.20 Entitlement Period - General Rules, 3.10.5.10 General Date of Effect Rules

Last reviewed: 16 May 2016