3.3.1.50 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 (1.2.7.10)
  • pharmaceutical allowance (1.2.7.20)
  • telephone allowance (1.2.7.70)
  • utilities allowance (1.2.7.130)
  • crisis payment (1.2.6.30)
  • clean energy advance (1.2.12.10)
  • energy supplement (1.2.12.20)
  • remote area allowance (1.2.7.80)
  • bereavement payments (3.1.5)
  • health care card (1.2.8.10)
  • 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) (1.2.8.20)
  • pension supplement if over age pension age (1.2.10.10)
  • education entry payments (1.2.7.60), and
  • language, literacy and numeracy training and supplement (1.2.7.110).

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, 3.9.1.10 Qualification for HCC - automatic issue, 3.9.2.30 PCC due to employment

Last reviewed: 20 March 2020