Supplementary benefits & employment assistance for PA recipients

Other departmental benefits

PA recipients MAY also qualify for the following benefits, if they meet the relevant qualification criteria:

  • rent assistance (
  • pharmaceutical allowance (
  • telephone allowance (
  • utilities allowance (
  • crisis payment (
  • clean energy advance (
  • energy supplement (
  • remote area allowance (
  • bereavement payments (3.1.5)
  • health care card (
  • PCC in restricted circumstances (i.e. where a PA recipient who is 60 years of age or more and has been receiving income support for the preceding 9 months) (
  • pension supplement if over age pension age (
  • education entry payments (, and
  • language, literacy and numeracy training and supplement (

Act reference: SSAct section 1061ZK Qualification: general rules (HCC), section 1061ZA General qualification rules (PCC)

Policy reference: SS Guide 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, 3.9.1 HCC - Qualification Provisions, 3.9.2 PCC - Qualification Provisions, 3.7.4 CrP - qualification & payability, 3.1.5 Bereavement payment provisions, 3.12.1 Pension supplement - qualification & payability, 3.15.1 CEA - qualification & payability, 3.15.2 ES - qualification & payability

Employment assistance

PA recipients are eligible for employment assistance through jobactive or CDP, which will not affect their qualification for PA or make any difference to their obligations.

Explanation: This means they do not have to look for work although they may choose to do so on a voluntary basis.

Employment incentives

PA 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, and
  • able to have their payment resumed during the employment income nil rate period if they report a fall in income sufficient for PA to be payable again.

Act reference: SSAct section 23(4A) Despite subsection (4) …, section 23(4AA) For the purposes of subsection (4A) …, section 1061ZMA Further extended qualification rule: loss of payment because of employment income (HCC), section 1061ZEA Further extended qualification rule: loss of payment because of employment income (PCC)

Policy reference: SS Guide 3.1.11 Working credit, 3.1.12 Employment income nil rate period, Qualification for HCC - automatic issue, PCC due to employment

Last reviewed: 20 March 2020