UA - current rates

Current rates

UA is paid in 4 instalments in March, June, September and December each year. This table shows the annual rates for UA at 20 September 2021.

Recipient status Rate ($ p.a.)
Single 667.20
Partnered - each eligible partner 333.60
Partnered - illness separated couple, respite care couple or partner imprisoned 667.20


UA is indexed to the CPI twice a year in March and September.

UA payability

A number of changes to UA payability came into effect from 20 September 2009 as a result of the Secure and Sustainable Pension Reform Package. Refer to 3.8.13.

Act reference: SSAct section 1061T Qualification for UA, section 1061TA When UA is payable

Policy reference: SS Guide Utilities allowance (UA) - description, 3.8.13 UA - qualification & payability, 3.12.1 Pension supplement - qualification & payability

Last reviewed: 20 September 2021