Payability of SpNP


This topic explains the payability provisions that apply to SpNP. The following table outlines the circumstances in which payability of SpNP is affected. If more detail about the circumstance is required, the second column indicates where you will find this.

Circumstances More Detail

SpNP is NOT payable

Allowance is not payable before the start day. 8.3 Start Days
ALL the general payability provisions. 3.1.6 General Payability Provisions

Income & assets testing

The recipient's rate of SpNP is determined by the rate of the payment they would otherwise receive if qualified. Generally, however, because of the stringent requirement to be in special need of financial assistance, successful applicants would usually qualify for a maximum rate pension - i.e. their rate would not be affected by the income or assets tests.

Act reference: SSAct section 796(1) How to work out a person's SpNP rate

Multiple entitlement exclusion

SpNP is NOT payable to a person:

  • who is already receiving a service pension from DVA, OR
  • when another social security pension, social security benefit, or service pension becomes payable, OR
  • who is an armed services widow(er) in receipt of a pension under the VEA.

Act reference: SSAct section 787 Multiple entitlement exclusion, section 23(1)-'social security pension', section 23(1)-'social security benefit'

Last reviewed: 13 May 2013