5.2.3.10 Widow class A, supporting parent's benefit, sole parent pension, PPS - rates from July 1942 to present date

Rates

This table shows the rates in dollars per annum. The rates shown from 8 October 1963 include:

  • mother's allowance or GA (1.1.G.80) at the lower rate between September 1969 and November 1983 inclusive, and
  • additional pension for one child, known as child's allowance before its abolition from October 1968.
Date Note A Rate ($)
27/07/1942 Note B 156.00
17/11/1942 158.60
09/02/1943 161.20
04/05/1943 163.80
21/09/1943 166.40
16/10/1945 195.00
08/07/1947 Note C 221.00
25/10/1948 247.00
07/11/1950 286.00
06/11/1951 338.00
07/10/1952 376.00
05/11/1953 390.00
01/11/1955 442.00
29/10/1957 481.00
13/10/1959 520.00
11/10/1960 546.00
10/10/1961 572.00
08/10/1963 884.00 Note D
06/10/1964 910.00
04/10/1966 Note E 962.00
01/10/1968 1,066.00
30/09/1969 1,118.00
29/09/1970 1,144.00
13/04/1971 1,170.00 Note F
12/10/1971 1,339.00 Note F
25/04/1972 1,391.00
10/10/1972 1,482.00
05/12/1972 1,560.00
09/10/1973 1,664.00
26/03/1974 1,820.00
13/08/1974 2,080.00
05/11/1974 2,106.00
06/05/1975 2,444.00
04/11/1975 Note G 2,613.00
13/05/1976 2,743.00
11/11/1976 2,860.00
12/05/1977 3,047.20
10/11/1977 Note H 3,161.60 Note H
11/05/1978 3,273.40
09/11/1978 3,364.40
08/11/1979 3,608.80
08/05/1980 3,772.60
06/11/1980 4,165.20 Note I
07/05/1981 4,297.80
05/11/1981 4,456.40
06/05/1982 4,687.80
04/11/1982 4,849.00
05/05/1983 5,114.20
03/11/1983 5,402.80 Note J
03/05/1984 5,688.80 Note K
01/11/1984 6,026.80 Note L
02/05/1985 6,151.60
14/11/1985 6,442.80 Note M
09/01/1986 6,442.80 or 6,338.80 Note N
01/05/1986 6,765.20 or 6,661.20 Note N, Note O
13/11/1986 6,817.20 Note P or 6,661.20 Note N
25/12/1986 7,030.40 Note P or 6,874.40 Note N
25/06/1987 7,339.80 Note P or 7,183.80 Note N
24/12/1987 8,117.20 or 7,805.20 or 7,545.20 Note Q
23/06/1988 8,322.60 or 8,010.60 or 7,750.60 Note Q
22/12/1988 8,697.00 or 8,333.00 or 7,969.00 Note R
22/06/1989 8,954.40 or 8,590.40 or 8,226.40
06/07/1989 9,115.60 or 8,590.40 or 8,226.40 Note T
23/11/1989 9,344.40 or 8,819.20 or 8,455.20
01/01/1990 9,451.00 or 8,873.80 or 8,502.00 Note U
26/04/1990 9,846.20 or 9,269.00 or 8,897.20
27/09/1990 10,088.00 or 9,510.00 or 9,139.00
03/01/1991 10,316.80 or 9,685.00 or 9,191.00
28/03/1991 10,574.20 or 9,942.40 or 9,448.40
02/01/1992 10,665.20 or 10,012.60 or 9,471.80
26/03/1992 10,782.20 or 10,129.50 or 9,588.80
03/04/1992 10,938.20 or 10,285.60 or 9,588.80
24/09/1992 10,938.20 or 10,285.60 or 9,588.80
28/01/1993 8,114.60 Note V
20/03/1993 8,114.60
20/09/1993 8,221.20
20/03/1994 8,270.60
20/09/1994 8,361.60
20/03/1995 8,478.60
20/09/1995 8,733.40
20/03/1996 8,907.60
20/09/1996 9,006.40
20/03/1997 9,042.80
20/09/1997 9,042.80
20/03/1998 9,219.60 Note W
20/09/1998 9,289.80
20/03/1999 9,396.40
20/09/1999 9,529.00
20/03/2000 9,672.00
01/07/2000 10,059.40
20/09/2000 10,246.60
20/03/2001 10,452.00
20/09/2001 10,673.00
20/03/2002 10,966.80
20/09/2002 11,164.40
20/03/2003 11,447.80
20/09/2003 11,772.80
20/03/2004 12,069.20
20/09/2004 12,238.20
20/03/2005 12,383.80
20/09/2005 12,711.40
20/03/2006 12,992.20
20/09/2006 13,314.60
20/03/2007 13,652.60
20/09/2007 13,980.20
20/03/2008 14,216.80
20/09/2008 14,614.60
20/03/2009 14,814.80
20/09/2009 14,937.00
20/03/2010 15,633.80
20/09/2010 15,909.40
20/03/2011 16,273.40
20/09/2011 16,679.00
20/03/2012 16,861.00
20/09/2012 17,256.20
20/03/2013 17,771.00 Note X
20/09/2013 18,197.40 Note X
20/03/2014 18,543.20 Note X
20/09/2014 18,727.80 Note X
20/03/2015 18,860.40 Note X
20/09/2015 19,011.20 Note X
20/03/2016 19,164.60 Note X
20/09/2016 19,201.00 Note X
20/03/2017 19,450.60 Note X
20/09/2017 19,567.60 Note X
20/03/2018 19,822.40 Note X
20/09/2018 19,981.00 Note X
20/03/2019 20,178.60 Note X
20/09/2019 20,298.20 Note X

Notes

These notes relate to widow class A, supporting parent's benefit, sole parent pension and PPS rates from July 1942.

Note Explanation
A The dates on which the rates were first applied.
B Payments were made 4-weekly in arrears from this date.
C Payments were made fortnightly in arrears from this date.
D This rate, and those following, included mother's allowance or GA of $208.00 per annum and additional pension for one child.
E From August 1968 widows' pensions were regarded as being paid in fortnightly instalments of one twenty-sixth of the annual rate rather than fortnightly in arrears.
F The maximum increase was paid where means as assessed was less than $520.00. The amount of increase was reduced by half of means as assessed in excess of $520.00.
G From 11 December 1975 widow's pension paydays were amalgamated with Age and invalid pension paydays. The last widow's pension and supporting mother's benefit payday was 2 December 1975.
H Supporting parent's benefit was paid at the same rates and was subject to the same income test as class A widow's pension. Supporting mother's benefit was introduced from 3 July 1973. Eligibility criteria widened from 10 November 1977 to include supporting fathers.
I From 6 November 1980 the rates include mother's allowance or GA of $312.00 per annum and additional pension (for one child $520.00 per annum). Additionally, the 6 months waiting period for the grant of supporting parent's benefit was removed.
J Additional pension for one child increased to $624.00 per annum.
K Mother's allowance or GA paid at uniform rate of $416.00 per annum regardless of age and health of children.
L Additional pension for one child increased to $728.00 per annum and mother's allowance or GA increased to $520.00 per annum.
M Additional pension for one child increased to $832.00 per annum.
N Additional pension reduced by $2.00 per week for a child aged 16 years or over in receipt of payments under the Tertiary Education Assistance Scheme or in respect of whom payments under the Secondary Allowances Scheme are being made.
O Mother's allowance or GA increased from $10.00 per week to $12.00 per week from 1 May 1986.
P Additional pension for one child increased to $884.00 per annum.
Q Additional pension for children increased to:
  • $1,456 per annum for children aged 13, 14 or 15 years
  • $1,144 per annum for children under 13 years
  • $884.00 per annum for student children aged 16 to 24 years not on AUSTUDY and not receiving or attracting payment of a Commonwealth pension, allowance or benefit (unchanged).
R Additional pension for children increased to:
  • $1,612 per annum for children aged 13, 14 or 15 years
  • $1,248 per annum for children under 13 years
  • $884.00 per annum for student children aged 16 to 24 years not on AUSTUDY and not receiving or attracting payment of a Commonwealth pension, allowance or benefit (unchanged).
S In March 1989 supporting parent's benefit and class A widow's pension were amalgamated under the new title sole parent pension.
T From 6 July 1989 the rate of additional pension for 13 to 15 year olds increased to $1,773.20 per annum.
U From 1 January 1990 additional pension for children apart from student children and mother's allowance or GA became subject to annual indexation (1.1.I.100).
V From 1 January 1993 GA is paid as an add-on to additional family payment (AFP). Additional pension is now known as AFP.
W From 20 March 1998, sole parent pension was replaced by PPS.
SS Guide 5.2.4.50 Parenting payment & associated rates - July 1995 to present date
X An amount of ES may be payable in addition to this rate (see 5.1.10.20).
Last reviewed: 20 September 2019