3.2.1.50 Supplementary Benefits & Employment Assistance for NSA Recipients

Other departmental benefits

NSA recipients are automatically issued with a HCC when NSA is granted. The HCC is also automatically renewed at the prescribed intervals.

NSA recipients can retain their HCC for 6 months after NSA ceases if:

  • they have been receiving income support for 12 months, AND
  • their payment ceases because of income from employment received by the recipient or their partner.

NSA recipients MAY also qualify for the following assistance, if they meet the relevant qualification criteria:

  • rent assistance (1.2.7.10),
  • pharmaceutical allowance (1.2.7.20),
  • telephone allowance (1.2.7.70),
  • crisis payment (1.2.6.30),
  • energy supplement (1.2.12.20),
  • remote area allowance (1.2.7.80),
  • bereavement allowance (1.2.3.90),
  • health care card (1.2.8.10),
  • PCC in restricted circumstances (1.2.8.20),
    • Explanation: A NSA recipient receives a PCC where they are 60 years of age or more and have been receiving income support for the preceding 9 months, or if they are a single principal carer parent, or they are assessed as having a partial capacity to work.

  • education entry payments (1.2.7.60),
  • APWS for recipients participating in the following activities: WFD, NWEP, RYLDC (Youth Corps), or CDP structured activities,
  • language, literacy and numeracy training and supplement (1.2.7.110), or
  • PES (in specific circumstances, where the person is a single principal carer receiving NSA, or have transferred from DSP, or from PPS (1.2.7.30).

Some supplementary payments, including PES will require a separate claim.

Note: NSA recipients transferring to YA and/or Austudy are entitled to EdEP if all criteria are met.

Act reference: SSAct section 1061ZK(5) Qualification for automatic issue HCC, section 1061ZA(2)(b) Qualification for, and issue of, PCC

Policy reference: SS Guide 3.1.5 Bereavement Payment Provisions, 3.7.4 CrP - qualification & payability, 3.8.1 RA - Qualification & Payability, 3.8.2 PhA - Qualification & Payability, 3.8.6 EdEP - Qualification & Payability, 3.8.7 TAL - Qualification & Payability, 3.8.8 RAA - Qualification & Payability, 3.8.9 FAA - Eligibility & Payability, 3.9.1 HCC - Qualification Provisions, 3.9.2 PCC - Qualification Provisions, 3.15.1 CEA - Qualification & Payability, 3.15.2 ES - Qualification & Payability, 3.8.3 PES - Qualification & Payability

Employment incentives

NSA recipients may receive the following incentives to take up a job:

  • access to working credits,
  • payment of certain supplementary benefits during the employment income nil rate period,
  • continued use of their HCC or PCC for a certain period,
  • have their payment resumed during the employment income nil rate period if they report a fall in income sufficient for NSA to be payable again.

Act reference: SSAct section 23(4A) Despite subsection (4)…, section 23(4AA) For the purposes of subsection (4A)…, section 1073J Working credit balance prevents loss of qualification in certain cases, section 1061ZEA Further extended qualification rule: loss of payment because of employment income, section 1061ZMA Further extended qualification rule: loss of payment because of employment income

Policy reference: SS Guide 3.1.11 Working Credit, 3.1.12 Employment Income Nil Rate Period, 3.9.1.10 Qualification for HCC - Automatic Issue, 3.9.2.30 PCC due to Employment

Last reviewed: 3 January 2017