4.10.7.60 Historical income limits for LIC from 20/09/1996

Income limits

The income test for the LIC applies to an applicant's average income in the 8 weeks before applying for a LIC. From when it was first introduced, until 1 July 1998, it was the average income in the 4 weeks before applying for a LIC. An applicant's income must be below the relevant limit, which is indexed in March, July and September of each year. The income limit amount can be exceeded by up to 25% during this period without affecting eligibility for the card. When renewing the card, limits revert to the 100% qualifying amounts. The following table shows the income limits from 20 September 1996. Amounts are shown in dollars per week.

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

100% Qualifying limits - applicable at claim or renewal

Date Single ($) Single/couple, combined with 1 child ($) Couple (combined) ($) For each additional child add ($)
20/09/1996 285.00 509.00 475.00 34.00
20/03/1997 286.00 510.00 476.00 34.00
20/09/1997 286.00 511.00 477.00 34.00
20/03/1998 Note A 286.00 511.00 477.00 34.00
20/09/1998 288.00 513.00 479.00 34.00
20/03/1999 289.00 516.00 482.00 34.00
20/09/1999 290.00 517.00 483.00 34.00
20/03/2000 294.00 524.00 490.00 34.00
01/07/2000 Note B 305.00 542.00 508.00 34.00
20/09/2000 309.00 549.00 515.00 34.00
20/03/2001 315.00 558.00 524.00 34.00
20/09/2001 320.00 567.00 533.00 34.00
20/03/2002 323.00 573.00 539.00 34.00
20/09/2002 328.00 580.00 546.00 34.00
20/03/2003 332.00 587.00 553.00 34.00
20/09/2003 336.00 593.00 559.00 34.00
20/03/2004 339.00 599.00 565.00 34.00
20/09/2004 343.00 606.00 572.00 34.00
20/03/2005 347.00 612.00 578.00 34.00
20/09/2005 351.00 619.00 585.00 34.00
20/03/2006 356.00 627.00 593.00 34.00
01/07/2006 Note C 411.00 719.00 685.00 34.00
20/09/2006 420.00 734.00 700.00 34.00
20/03/2007 423.00 739.00 705.00 34.00
20/09/2007 429.00 748.00 714.00 34.00
20/03/2008 435.00 759.00 725.00 34.00
20/09/2008 446.00 777.00 743.00 34.00
20/03/2009 450.00 783.00 749.00 34.00
20/09/2009 452.00 787.00 753.00 34.00
20/03/2010 459.00 798.00 764.00 34.00
Date Single (no children) ($) Single (one dependent child), or couple, combined (no children) ($) For each additional child, add ($)
20/09/2010 465.00 808.00 34.00
20/03/2011 470.00 816.00 34.00
20/09/2011 480.00 834.00 34.00
20/03/2012 483.00 838.00 34.00
20/09/2012 486.00 843.00 34.00
20/03/2013 497.00 862.00 34.00
20/09/2013 501.00 868.00 34.00
20/03/2014 519.00 899.00 34.00
20/09/2014 524.00 906.00 34.00
20/03/2015 527.00 912.00 34.00
01/07/2015 528.00 913.00 34.00
20/09/2015 531.00 919.00 34.00
20/03/2016 536.00 926.00 34.00
01/07/2016 536.00 927.00 34.00
20/09/2016 537.00 928.00 34.00
20/03/2017 543.00 939.00 34.00
20/09/2017 546.00 943.00 34.00
20/03/2018 552.00 954.00 34.00
20/09/2018 556.00 960.00 34.00
20/03/2019 561.00 969.00 34.00
20/09/2019 564.00 974.00 34.00
20/03/2020 570.00 984.00 34.00

Notes

These notes relate to historical qualifying limits for LIC.

Note Explanation
A CPI factor for March 1998 did not result in an increase to limits.
B Increase for 1 July 2000 reflected one-off GST compensation arrangements.
C Increase for 1 July 2006 is due to flow-on effects from Welfare to Work measures.

125% limits - to retain throughout period of issue of card

Date Single ($) Single/couple with 1 child ($) Couple (combined) ($) For each additional child add ($)
20/09/1996 356.25 636.25 593.75 42.50
20/03/1997 357.50 637.50 595.00 42.50
20/09/1997 357.50 638.75 596.25 42.50
20/03/1998 357.50 638.75 596.25 42.50
20/09/1998 360.00 641.25 598.75 42.50
20/03/1999 361.25 645.00 602.50 42.50
20/09/1999 362.50 646.25 603.75 42.50
20/03/2000 367.50 655.00 612.50 42.50
01/07/2000 381.25 677.50 635.00 42.50
20/09/2000 386.25 686.25 643.75 42.50
20/03/2001 393.75 697.50 655.00 42.50
20/09/2001 400.00 708.75 666.25 42.50
20/03/2002 403.75 716.25 673.75 42.50
20/09/2002 410.00 725.00 682.50 42.50
20/03/2003 415.00 733.75 691.25 42.50
20/09/2003 420.00 741.25 698.75 42.50
20/03/2004 423.75 748.75 706.25 42.50
20/09/2004 428.75 757.50 715.00 42.50
20/03/2005 433.75 765.00 722.50 42.50
20/09/2005 438.75 773.75 731.25 42.50
20/03/2006 445.00 783.75 741.25 42.50
01/07/2006 513.75 898.75 856.25 42.50
20/09/2006 525.00 917.50 875.00 42.50
20/03/2007 528.75 923.75 881.25 42.50
20/09/2007 536.25 935.00 892.50 42.50
20/03/2008 543.75 948.75 906.25 42.50
20/09/2008 557.50 971.25 928.75 42.50
20/03/2009 562.50 978.75 936.25 42.50
20/09/2009 565.00 983.75 941.25 42.50
20/03/2010 573.75 997.50 955.00 42.50
Date Single (no children) ($) Single (one dependent child), or Couple, combined (no children) ($) For each additional child, add ($)
20/09/2010 581.25 1,010.00 42.50
20/03/2011 587.50 1,020.00 42.50
20/09/2011 600.00 1,042.50 42.50
20/03/2012 603.75 1,047.50 42.50
20/09/2012 607.50 1,053.75 42.50
20/03/2013 621.25 1,077.50 42.50
20/09/2013 626.25 1,085.00 42.50
20/03/2014 648.75 1,123.75 42.50
20/09/2014 655.00 1,132.50 42.50
20/03/2015 658.75 1,140.00 42.50
01/07/2015 660.00 1,141.25 42.50
20/09/2015 663.75 1,148.75 42.50
20/03/2016 670.00 1,157.50 42.50
01/07/2016 670.00 1,158.75 42.50
20/09/2016 671.25 1,160.00 42.50
20/03/2017 678.75 1,173.75 42.50
20/09/2017 682.50 1,178.75 42.50
20/03/2018 690.00 1,192.50 42.50
20/09/2018 695.00 1,200.00 42.50
20/03/2019 701.25 1,211.25 42.50
20/09/2019 705.00 1,217.50 42.50
20/03/2020 712.50 1,230.00 42.50
Last reviewed: 20 March 2020