4.10.5.50 FP & AFP  maintenance income free areas
Historical maintenance income free areas
A maintenance income test applied to family payment (FP) but did not affect the minimum rate of FP. Maintenance income above the maintenance income free area reduced payment of FP by 50 cents in the dollar. Blind pensioners were exempt from the maintenance income test. The maintenance income free areas were introduced in January 1993, and indexed each July, starting in July 1994.
The following table shows the historical maintenance income free areas in dollars per annum and per fortnight (pf) from 1 July in each of the years 1993 to 1999.
Date  Maintenance for one child only  For each extra child after the first  

Single parent, or couple (one partner gets maintenance)  Couple (both partners get maintenance)  
01/07/1993 
32.70 pf 850.20 p.a. 
65.40 pf 1,700.40 p.a. 
10.90 pf 283.40 p.a. 

01/07/1994 
33.30 pf 865.50 p.a. 
66.60 pf 1,731.60 p.a. 
11.10 pf 288.60 p.a. 

01/07/1995 
34.20 pf 889.20 p.a. 
68.40 pf 1,778.40 p.a. 
11.40 pf 296.40 p.a. 

01/07/1996 
36.00 pf 936.00 p.a. 
72.00 pf 1,872.00 p.a. 
12.00 pf 312.00 p.a. 

01/07/1997 
36.60 pf 951.60 p.a. 
73.20 pf 1,903.20 p.a. 
12.20 pf 317.20 p.a. 

01/07/1998 
36.60 pf 951.60 p.a. 
73.20 pf 1,903.20 p.a. 
12.20 pf 317.20 p.a. 

01/07/1999 
37.20 pf 967.20 p.a. 
74.40 pf 1,934.40 p.a. 
12.40 pf 322.40 p.a. 