# 5.2.1.20 Single unemployment & sickness benefit - November 1984 to present date

## Summary

These rates also applied to JSP, NSA, SA, WA as they were introduced or replaced former payments.

This topic contains the following 6 rates tables:

Table Number Explanation
1 Over 18 years single sickness benefit (SB) - November 1984 to December 1987
2 18 to 20 years single unemployment benefit (UB) - November 1985 to September 1990 (& SB - December 1987 to September 1990)
3 18 to 20 years single UB & SB (from 1991 job search allowance (JSA)/NSA/SA & SpB) September 1990 to present date
4 Over 21 years single UB - November 1985 to June 1987
5 Over 21 years single UB & SB (from 1991 JSA/NSA/SA & SpB) - December 1987 to present date
6 Any age single with child UB & SB - November 1984 to present date

## Table 1: Over 18 years single sickness benefit (SB) - November 1984 to December 1987

This table shows the rates in dollars per week.

Date Rate (\$ pw) Comment
01/11/1984 91.90
01/05/1985 94.30
01/11/1985 97.90
01/05/1986 102.10
01/11/1986 102.10
15/12/1986 106.20
01/01/1987 106.20 Note A
13/06/1987 106.20 Note A
13/12/1987 106.20 Note B

### Notes for Table 1

Note Explanation
A The single rate of sickness benefit for recipients without dependants was not increased. The amount payable remained at the 15 December 1986 rate as a result of the decision to standardise the single unemployment and sickness benefit rates from 13 December 1987 (i.e. instalments falling due on or after that date).
B The rate of unemployment and sickness benefit for single persons over 18 years was standardised from 13 December 1987. Single sickness benefit recipients granted prior to 13 December 1987 are 'saved' at \$106.20 until such time they become eligible to a higher rate, by virtue of turning 21 years. Similarly if eligibility is broken after 13 December 1987 the lower rate is then paid.

## Table 2: 18 to 20 years single unemployment benefit (UB) - November 1985 to September 1990 (& SB - December 1987 to September 1990)

This table shows the rates in dollars per week.

Date Rate (\$ pw) Comment
01/11/1985 88.20 Note C
01/05/1986 88.20
01/11/1986 88.20
15/12/1986 88.20
01/01/1987 91.20
13/06/1987 91.20
13/12/1987 91.20 Note D
13/06/1988 91.20
01/01/1989 97.70 Note E
01/01/1990 105.15 Note F

### Notes for Table 2

Note Explanation
C A separate rate of benefit for unmarried unemployment benefit recipients aged between 18 and 20 years, with no children, was introduced from 1 November 1985.
D The rate of unemployment and sickness benefit for single persons over 18 years was standardised from 13 December 1987. Single sickness benefit recipients granted prior to 13 December 1987 were 'saved' at \$106.20 until they turned 21.
E From 1 January 1989, the rates of unemployment, sickness and SpB for those under 18 years, and 18 to 20 years without dependent children, are to be indexed annually.
F From 20 September 1990 an 'at home' rate for 18 to 20 years was introduced. The higher 18 to 20 year old rate continued to be paid to those who do not live at a home of a parent/s. See Table 3.

## Table 3: 18 to 20 years single UB & SB (from 1991 job search allowance (JSA)/NSA/SA & SpB) September 1990 to present date

This table shows the rates in dollars per week. From 1 January 2020, rates are in dollars per fortnight.

Date Away from Home (\$ pw) At Home (\$ pw)
20/09/1990 105.15 69.20
01/01/1991 113.25 74.55
From 1 July 1991 UB & SB became JSA/NSA/SA & SpB
01/01/1992 117.10 77.10
01/01/1993 118.50 78.05
01/01/1994 120.75 79.55
01/01/1995 122.80 80.90
01/01/1996 128.35 84.55
01/01/1997 132.35 87.15
01/01/1998 132.75 87.40 Note G
01/01/1999 133.70 88.00
01/01/2000 135.10 88.95
01/07/2000 140.55 92.50
01/01/2001 145.05 95.45
01/01/2002 150.85 99.30
01/01/2003 155.05 102.10
01/01/2004 159.25 104.85
01/01/2005 163.25 107.45
01/01/2006 167.35 110.15
01/01/2007 174.05 114.55
01/01/2008 177.70 116.95
01/01/2009 185.70 122.20
01/01/2010 188.50 124.05
01/01/2011 194.35 127.90
01/01/2012 201.35 132.50 Note H
01/01/2013 203.75 134.10
01/01/2014 207.00 136.40
01/01/2015 213.40 140.50
01/01/2016 216.60 142.60
01/01/2017 218.75 144.05
01/01/2018 222.90 146.80
01/01/2019 227.60 149.90
Date Away from Home (\$ pf) At Home (\$ pf)
01/01/2020 462.50 304.60
01/04/2021 512.50 354.60 Note I

### Notes for Table 3

Note Explanation
G From 1 July 1998, NSA and SA for recipients aged under 21 and AUSTUDY for students under 24 were replaced by YA.
H From 1 July 2012, the maximum age for YA was increased to 21.
I On 1 April 2021, the MBRs of working age payments increased by \$50 per fortnight. This was given effect by the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Strengthening Income Support) Act 2021.

Policy reference: SS Guide 5.2.1.50 Youth related payments - July 1986 to present date, see Table 4

## Table 4: Over 21 years single UB - November 1985 to June 1987

This table shows the rates in dollars per week.

Date Rate (\$ pw)
01/11/1985 91.45
01/05/1986 95.40
01/11/1986 95.40
15/12/1986 99.20
01/01/1987 99.20
13/06/1987 104.75

## Table 5: Over 21 years single UB & SB (from 1991 JSA/NSA/SA & SpB) (from 20 March 2020 JSP) - December 1987 to present date

This table shows the rates in dollars per week.

Date Rate (\$ pw)
13/12/1987 108.40
13/06/1988 112.10
13/12/1988 116.00
13/06/1989 120.65
15/11/1989 124.75
18/04/1990 130.00
20/09/1990 134.30
From 1 July 1991 UB & SB became JSA/NSA/SA & SpB
20/09/1991 138.85
20/03/1992 140.95
20/09/1992 140.95
20/03/1993 141.35
20/09/1993 143.20
20/03/1994 147.05
20/09/1994 148.65
20/03/1995 150.75
20/09/1995 155.25
20/03/1996 158.35
20/09/1996 160.10
20/03/1997 160.75
20/09/1997 160.75
20/03/1998 160.75
20/09/1998 161.70
20/03/1999 162.85
20/09/1999 163.35
20/03/2000 165.80
01/07/2000 172.45
20/09/2000 175.40
20/03/2001 178.90
20/09/2001 182.30
20/03/2002 184.50
20/09/2002 187.45
20/03/2003 190.05
20/09/2003 192.50
20/03/2004 194.60
20/09/2004 197.30
20/03/2005 199.65
20/09/2005 202.25
20/03/2006 205.30
20/09/2006 210.45
20/03/2007 212.15
20/09/2007 214.90
20/03/2008 218.55
20/09/2008 224.65
20/03/2009 226.65
20/09/2009 228.00
20/03/2010 231.40
20/09/2010 234.85
20/03/2011 237.45
20/09/2011 243.40
20/03/2012 244.85 Note J
20/09/2012 246.30
20/03/2013 248.50 Note K
20/09/2013 250.50
20/03/2014 255.25
20/09/2014 257.80
20/03/2015 259.60
20/09/2015 261.70
20/03/2016 263.80
20/09/2016 264.35
20/03/2017 267.80
20/09/2017 269.40
20/03/2018 272.90
20/09/2018 275.10
20/03/2019 277.85
20/09/2019 279.50
Date Rate (\$ pf)
From 20 March 2020, rates are in dollars per fortnight.
20/03/2020 565.70 Note L
20/09/2020 565.70 Note M
20/03/2021 570.80
01/04/2021 620.80 Note N
20/09/2021 629.50

### Notes for Table 5

Note Explanation
J From 1 July 2012, the minimum age for NSA and SA was increased to 22, except for grandfathered NSA recipients.
K From 20 March 2013 an amount of ES may be payable in addition to this rate (5.1.10.20).
L

On 20 March 2020 NSA ceased and JSP (1.2.1.05) was created.

SA closed to new entrants on 20 March 2020 and ceased on 20 September 2020.

M The rate for single recipients was not increased as CPI for the relevant indexation period was negative.
N On 1 April 2021, the MBRs of working age payments increased by \$50.00 per fortnight. This was given effect by the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Strengthening Income Support) Act 2021.

## Table 6: Any age single with child UB & SB - November 1984 to present date

This table shows the rates in dollars per week. From 20 March 2020, rates are in dollars per fortnight.

Date Rate (\$ pw)
01/11/1984 91.90 Note O
01/05/1985 94.30
01/11/1985 97.90
01/05/1986 102.10
01/11/1986 102.10
15/12/1986 106.20
01/01/1987 106.20
13/06/1987 112.15
13/12/1987 116.20
13/06/1988 120.05
13/12/1988 124.25
13/06/1989 129.20
15/11/1989 133.60
18/04/1990 141.20
20/09/1990 145.85
From 1 July 1991 UB & SB became JSA/NSA/SA & SpB
20/03/1991 150.80
20/03/1992 153.05
20/09/1992 153.05
28/01/1993 156.05
20/09/1993 158.10
20/03/1994 159.05
20/09/1994 160.80
20/03/1995 163.05
20/09/1995 167.95
20/03/1996 171.30
20/09/1996 173.20
20/03/1997 173.90
20/09/1997 173.90
20/03/1998 173.90
20/09/1998 174.95
20/03/1999 176.15
20/09/1999 176.70
20/03/2000 179.35
01/07/2000 186.50
20/09/2000 189.65
20/03/2001 193.45
20/09/2001 197.15
20/03/2002 199.50
20/09/2002 202.70
20/03/2003 205.55
20/09/2003 208.20
20/03/2004 210.50
20/09/2004 213.45
20/03/2005 216.00
20/09/2005 218.80
20/03/2006 222.10
20/09/2006 227.65
20/03/2007 229.45
20/09/2007 232.45
20/03/2008 236.40
20/09/2008 243.00
20/03/2009 245.20
20/09/2009 246.65
20/03/2010 250.35
20/09/2010 254.10
20/03/2011 256.90
20/09/2011 263.30
20/03/2012 264.90
20/09/2012 266.50
20/03/2013 268.90 Note P
20/09/2013 271.05
20/03/2014 276.20
20/09/2014 278.95
20/03/2015 280.90
20/09/2015 283.15
20/03/2016 285.40
20/09/2016 285.95
20/03/2017 289.65
20/09/2017 291.40
20/03/2018 295.20
20/09/2018 297.55
20/03/2019 300.55
20/09/2019 302.35
Date Rate (\$ pf)
From 20 March 2020, rates are in dollars per fortnight.
20/03/2020 612.00 Note Q
20/09/2020 612.00 Note R
20/03/2021 617.50
01/04/2021 667.50 Note S
20/09/2021 676.80

### Notes for Table 6

Note Explanation
O These rates do not include additional benefit for child or Mother's/Guardian Allowance.
P An amount of ES may be payable in addition to this rate (5.1.10.20).
Q

On 20 March 2020 NSA ceased and JSP was created.

SA closed to new entrants on 20 March 2020 and ceased on 20 September 2020.

R The rate for single recipients with a dependent child was not increased as CPI for the relevant indexation period was negative.
S On 1 April 2021, the MBRs of working age payments increased by \$50.00 per fortnight. This was given effect by the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Strengthening Income Support) Act 2021.

Policy reference: SS Guide 5.2.1.40 Additional benefit for child, mother's & guardian's allowance & RA - November 1984 to March 2018

Last reviewed: 20 September 2021