4.10.6.30 Historical Disadvantaged Persons Health Scheme Income Limits

Disadvantaged persons health scheme income limits

The Disadvantaged Person's Scheme (DPS) operated under that name between introduction on 1 September 1981 to 1994, when it was renamed as the Low Income Health Care Card. It provided a separate HCC for low-income earners based on an income test. The HCC provided access to discounted pharmaceutical medicines under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).

To qualify, total gross income (including any pension or benefit received) over a 4 weekly period ending on the date of lodgement, or notional date of lodgement, must have been less than the relevant qualifying limit. The assessment of income period was later extended to 8 weeks before the date of lodgement of the claim.

The qualifying limit was tied in with the unemployment (now NSA) rate, and was indexed in March and September, whenever NSA was indexed. Once qualified, the income limit to remain eligible was 125% of the qualifying limit over 12 months. The income limits for a HCC under DPS are shown in the following table in both dollars per week and per 4 weeks:

Date Family situation 100% qualifying limit Limit after grant (125% of qualifying limit)
$ pw $/4 wks $ pw $/4 wks
From 13 June 1989 Single 172.00 688.00 215.00 860.00
Partnered (combined) 286.00 1,144.00 357.50 1,430.00
Single or partnered plus 1 child 320.00 1,280.00 400.00 1,600.00
Add for each child 34.00 136.00 42.50 170.00
From 15 November 1989 Single 176.00 704.00 220.00 880.00
Partnered (combined) 293.00 1,172.00 366.25 1,465.00
Single or partnered plus 1 child 327.00 1,308.00 408.75 1,635.00
Add for each child 34.00 136.00 42.50 170.00
From 18 April 1990 Single 192.00 768.00 240.00 960.00
Partnered (combined) 306.00 1,224.00 382.50 1,530.00
Single or partnered plus 1 child 340.00 1,360.00 425.00 1,700.00
Add for each child 34.00 136.00 42.50 170.00
From 20 September 1990 Single 192.00 768.00 240.00 960.00
Partnered (combined) 314.00 1,256.00 392.50 1,570.00
Single or partnered plus 1 child 348.00 1,392.00 435.00 1,740.00
Add for each child 34.00 136.00 42.50 170.00
From 20 March 1991 Single 193.00 772.00 241.25 965.00
Partnered (combined) 322.00 1,288.00 402.50 1,610.00
Single or partnered plus 1 child 356.00 1,424.00 445.00 1,780.00
Add for each child 34.00 136.00 42.50 170.00
From September 1991, same as March 1991.
From 20 March 1992 Single 196.00 784.00 245.00 980.00
Partnered (combined) 326.00 1,304.00 407.00 1,630.00
Single or partnered plus 1 child 360.00 1,440.00 450.00 1,800.00
Add for each child 34.00 136.00 42.50 170.00
From 20 September 1992, same as 20 March 1992 rates, due to negative CPI.
From 28 January 1993* Single 199.00 796.00 248.75 995.00
Partnered (combined) 331.00 1,324.00 413.75 1,655.00
Single or partnered plus 1 child 365.00 1,460.00 456.25 1,825.00
Add for each child 34.00 136.00 42.50 170.00

* Indexation was moved up from March 1993 to January 1993.

From 20 September 1993 Single 201.00 804.00 251.25 1,005.00
Partnered (combined) 334.00 1,336.00 417.50 1,670.00
Single or partnered plus 1 child 368.00 1,472.00 1,710.00 1,840.00
Add for each child 34.00 136.00 42.50 170.00
From 20 March 1994 Single 202.00 808.00 252.50 1,010.00
Partnered (combined) 336.00 1,344.00 420.00 1,680.00
Single or partnered plus 1 child 370.00 1,480.00 462.50 1,850.00
Add for each child 34.00 136.00 42.50 170.00
From 20 September 1994 Single 203.00 812.00 253.75 1,015.00
Partnered (combined) 339.00 1356.00 423.75 1,695.00
Single or partnered plus 1 child 373.00 1492.00 466.25 1,865.00
Add for each child 34.00 136.00 42.50 170.00
From 20 March 1995 Single 206.00 824.00 257.50 1,030.00
Partnered (combined) 342.00 1,368.00 427.50 1,710.00
Single or partnered plus 1 child 376.00 1,504.00 470.00 1,880.00
Add for each child 34.00 136.00 42.50 170.00
From 1 July 1995 Single 271.00 1,084.00 338.75 1,355.00
Partnered (combined) 451.00 1,804.00 563.75 2,255.00
Single or partnered plus 1 child 485.00 1,940.00 606.25 2,425.00
Add for each child 34.00 136.00 42.50 170.00
From 20 September 1995 Single 278.00 1,112.00 347.50 1,390.00
Partnered (combined) 463.00 1,852.00 578.75 2,315.00
Single or partnered plus 1 child 497.00 1,988.00 621.25 2,485.00
Add for each child 34.00 136.00 42.50 170.00
From 20 March 1996 Single 283.00 1,132.00 353.75 1,415.00
Partnered (combined) 471.00 1,884.00 588.75 2,355.00
Single or partnered plus 1 child 505.00 2,020.00 631.25 2,525.00
Add for each child 34.00 136.00 42.50 170.00
From 20 September 1996 Single 285.00 1,140.00 356.25 1,425.00
Partnered (combined) 475.00 1,900.00 593.75 2,375.00
Single or partnered plus 1 child 509.00 2,036.00 636.25 2,545.00
Add for each child 34.00 136.00 42.50 170.00
From 20 March 1997 Single 286.00 1,144.00    

For income limits after these dates please refer to 4.10.7.60 Historical income limits for LIC from 20/09/1996.

Act reference: SSAct section 8(1)-'income'

Last reviewed: 1 July 2016