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 2020.

Recipient status Rate ($ p.a.)
Single 652.00
Partnered - each eligible partner 326.00
Partnered - illness separated couple, respite care couple or partner imprisoned 652.00


UA is indexed to CPI.

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 utilities allowance, section 1061TA When utilities allowance 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: 21 September 2020