Supplementary Benefits & Employment Assistance for CP Recipients

Other benefits

CP recipients MAY also qualify for the following assistance, if they meet the relevant qualification criteria:

  • carer allowance,
  • rent assistance,
  • pension supplement,
  • remote area allowance,
  • PCC or HCC,
  • crisis payment,
  • energy supplement, AND
  • EdEP if participating in education/training.

Carers who receive CP (child) may automatically qualify for and receive CA for each qualifying child.

Carers who receive CP qualify for a PCC.

Exception: Carers who receive CP (child) under short term (1.1.S.172) or episodic (1.1.E.132) provisions qualify for a HCC.

The partner of a person receiving CP does not qualify for PA, but may test their qualification for other payments such as NSA.

Act reference: SSAct section 665ZFA to section 665ZFB Payment to a CP recipient, section 1061ZA General qualification rules (PCC), section 954B Qualification for CA-receiving CP for caring for child or children

Policy reference: SS Guide 3.2.1 NSA - Qualification & Payability, 3.3.1 PA - Qualification & Payability, 3.6.7 CA - Qualification & Payability, Qualification for CA (child) - Automatic Qualification for CA (child) through Qualification for CP (child), 3.8.1 RA - Qualification & Payability, 3.12.1 Pension Supplement - Qualification & Payability, 3.8.6 EdEP - Qualification & Payability, 3.7.4 CrP - qualification & payability, 3.15.1 CEA - Qualification & Payability, 3.15.2 ES - Qualification & Payability

Employment incentives

CP 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 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 CP 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, 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

Last reviewed: 1 July 2015