Supplementary Benefits & Employment Assistance for WP Recipients

Other Departmental benefits

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

  • rent assistance,
  • pension supplement,
  • crisis payment,
  • education entry payment,
  • CDEP participant supplement (CPS),
  • pensioner concession card,
  • clean energy advance,
  • clean energy supplement,
  • PES (if the partner is in receipt of DSP), and
  • bereavement assistance.

Policy reference: SS Guide 3.8.1 RA - Qualification & Payability, 3.12.1 Pension Supplement - Qualification & Payability, 3.8.3 PES - Qualification & Payability, 3.8.8 RAA - Qualification & Payability, 3.9.2 PCC - Qualification Provisions, 3.7.4 CrP - qualification & payability, 3.8.6 EdEP - Qualification & Payability, 3.1.5 Bereavement Payment Provisions, 3.15.1 CEA - Qualification & Payability, 3.15.2 ES - Qualification & Payability

Employment incentives

WP recipients of workforce age 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 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 WP to be payable again.

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

Policy reference: SS Guide 3.1.11 Working Credit, 3.1.12 Employment Income Nil Rate Period, PCC due to Employment, Qualification for WP, Payability of WP

Last reviewed: 11 February 2013