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 (,
  • 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: 6 February 2017