DOP - current rate

Current rate

The current base rate of DOP is $66.10 per fortnight.

Indexation (1.1.I.100)

The base rate is indexed to changes in the CPI. The effective date of indexation is 1 January each year.

Additional component of DOP

An additional component of DOP is payable to DOP applicants who are eligible for a rate of FTB Part A that is lower than the family allowance (FA)/FTB Part A received by the child's original family at the time the young person became a double orphan.

To be eligible for the additional component of DOP, the applicant must be caring for a young person who became a double orphan on or after 1 July 1998.

The additional component is equal to the difference between the carer's entitlement to FTB Part A for the double orphan and the FA/FTB Part A received for the double orphan in their original family.

The additional component of DOP is not payable where FTB has been cancelled as a result of the child receiving a payment under a prescribed educational scheme.

Timing of payments

Payments are made fortnightly in arrears.

Act reference: SSAct section 1010 Rate of double orphan pension, Part 3.16 Indexation and adjustment of amounts

Policy reference: SS Guide Double orphan pension (DOP) - description, 3.5.2 DOP - qualification & payability

Last reviewed: 2 January 2020