Social Security Guide updates - 2021

10 May 2021 (v1.282)

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1.1.A.260 Articulated courses (YA) Clarified definition.
1.1.E.90 Employer provided benefit (YA) Updated example to include novated car lease.
1.1.M.110 Medical evidence (CP, CA) Clarified policy.
1.1.R.55 Receiving Updated policy.
1.1.T.170 Treating health professional (THP) (CA, CP) Clarified policy.
3.3.4.50 Austudy & secondary students Updated Act reference to include Student Assistance (Education Institutions and Courses) Determination 2019.
3.6.3.07 Case examples for assessing impairment from permanent conditions Updated to reflect legislative change.
3.6.3.50 Guidelines to Table 5 - Mental Health Function Updated to reflect legislative change.
3.6.3.60 Guidelines to Table 6 - Functioning related to Alcohol, Drug & Other Substance Use Updated to reflect legislative change.
3.6.3.70 Guidelines to Table 7 - Brain Function Updated to reflect legislative change.
3.6.9 Adult Disability Assessment Tool (ADAT) Clarified policy and added examples.
3.8.9.20 FAA entitlement Updated to reflect legislative change regarding length of time in a study period student is entitled to trips.
3.8.19.10 Qualification for SSL Updated legislative reference.
4.2.8.10 Dependent YA - parental income test Clarified policy.
5.4 Advance payments Updated to reflect introduction of jobseeker payment.
5.5.3.30 Partnered JSP recipient, partner's income results in nil rate, or partner not on income support Updated calculation table.

1 April 2021 (v1.281)

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Government response to Coronavirus Updated to reflect legislative changes.
3.1.11.30 Working credit depletion Updated to reflect Social Services Legislation Amendment (Strengthening Income Support) Act 2021.
3.6.6.100 Termination of MOB Updated to remove ceased COVID-19 measures.
3.7.7 2020 & 2021 economic support payments (ESPs) Updated Act reference.
4.2.2 Benefits income test & limits Updated to reflect Social Services Legislation Amendment (Strengthening Income Support) Act 2021.
4.2.4.20 PPP income & assets tests & limits Updated to reflect Social Services Legislation Amendment (Strengthening Income Support) Act 2021.
5.1.1.20 YA - current rates Updated to reflect Social Services Legislation Amendment (Strengthening Income Support) Act 2021.
5.1.4.30 Calculating a rate of PP - partnered Updated to reflect Social Services Legislation Amendment (Strengthening Income Support) Act 2021.
5.1.8.10 Common pension rates Updated to reflect Social Services Legislation Amendment (Strengthening Income Support) Act 2021.
5.1.8.20 Common benefit rates Updated to reflect Social Services Legislation Amendment (Strengthening Income Support) Act 2021.
5.2.1.20 Single unemployment & sickness benefit - November 1984 to present date Updated to reflect Social Services Legislation Amendment (Strengthening Income Support) Act 2021.
5.2.1.30 Married unemployment & sickness benefit - November 1984 to present date Updated to reflect Social Services Legislation Amendment (Strengthening Income Support) Act 2021.
5.2.1.50 Youth related payments - July 1986 to present date Updated to reflect Social Services Legislation Amendment (Strengthening Income Support) Act 2021.
5.2.3.10 Widow class A, supporting parent's benefit, sole parent pension, PPS - rates from July 1942 to present date Updated to reflect Social Services Legislation Amendment (Strengthening Income Support) Act 2021.
5.2.4.50 Parenting payment & associated rates - July 1995 to present date Updated to reflect Social Services Legislation Amendment (Strengthening Income Support) Act 2021.
5.5.2.10 Single person 22 years & over, no dependents, income over $300 per fortnight Updated to reflect Social Services Legislation Amendment (Strengthening Income Support) Act 2021.
5.5.2.20 Single person 22 years & over, no dependents, income $256 & under per fortnight New page.
5.5.2.30 Single person 22 years & over, no dependents, paying no rent Updated to reflect Social Services Legislation Amendment (Strengthening Income Support) Act 2021.
5.5.2.40 Single person under 22 years, no dependents, income $250 & under per fortnight Updated to reflect Social Services Legislation Amendment (Strengthening Income Support) Act 2021.
5.5.2.50 Single person 22 years & over, principal carer of dependent children Updated to reflect Social Services Legislation Amendment (Strengthening Income Support) Act 2021.
5.5.3.10 Partnered allowance recipient, partner also receives an allowance, income above free areas Updated to reflect Social Services Legislation Amendment (Strengthening Income Support) Act 2021.
5.5.3.30 Partnered JSP recipient, partner's income results in nil rate, or partner not on income support Updated to reflect Social Services Legislation Amendment (Strengthening Income Support) Act 2021.
5.5.3.50 Partnered allowance recipient, partner receiving pension Updated to reflect Social Services Legislation Amendment (Strengthening Income Support) Act 2021.
5.5.3.60 Partnered allowance recipient - compensation effect on partner Updated to reflect Social Services Legislation Amendment (Strengthening Income Support) Act 2021.
5.5.4.10 PPP, partner not a pensioner Updated to reflect Social Services Legislation Amendment (Strengthening Income Support) Act 2021.
5.5.4.30 PPP, partner a pensioner, recipient qualifies for PhA Updated to reflect Social Services Legislation Amendment (Strengthening Income Support) Act 2021.
5.5.4.40 PPP, compensation effect on partner Updated to reflect Social Services Legislation Amendment (Strengthening Income Support) Act 2021.
5.5.4.50 PPS, under age pension age, 2 children Updated to reflect Social Services Legislation Amendment (Strengthening Income Support) Act 2021.
5.5.4.60 PPS, over age pension age, 1 child Updated to reflect Social Services Legislation Amendment (Strengthening Income Support) Act 2021.

22 March 2021 (v1.280)

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1.1.A.375 AWOTE, relevant AWOTE, AWOTE weeks Updated AWOTE figure.
1.1.C.250 Compensation affected payment Added note to closed payments.
1.1.D.70 Dependent child Removed reference to closed payment.
1.1.P.85 Partner, partnered, partnered (partner in gaol) Clarified definitions.
1.1.R.190 Rent threshold (RA) Updated Act reference.
1.1.S.150 Sharer (RA) Updated Act reference.
1.1.S.400 Sub-tenant in public housing (RA) Clarified terminology.
1.2.7.10 Rent assistance (RA) - description Clarified policy.
1.2.7.130 Utilities allowance (UA) - description Added note regarding closed payment.
3.1.8 Dates of effect of claim determinations Removed references to closed payments.
3.2.3.10 Qualification for YA Removed reference to closed payment.
3.4.1.10 Qualification for Age Removed references to closed payments.
3.8.1.60 Payments that may be treated as rent Clarified policy.
3.9.1.65 HCC benefits Removed references to closed payment.
3.12.1 Pension supplement - qualification & payability Removed references to closed payment.
4.2.8.50 Full-time students - personal income test, limits & student income bank Clarified policy.
4.2.8.55 Full-time Australian Apprentice - personal income test, limits & Australian Apprentice income bank Clarified policy.
4.3.2.35 Income exempt from assessment - s 8(11) exempt lump sums Updated list of lump sums specifically exempted under section 8(11).
4.3.3.80 Income from New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS) Removed references to closed payment.
4.3.4.10 Application of the income maintenance period (IMP) Removed references to closed payment.
4.3.5.10 How income from DVA is assessed Removed references to closed payments.
4.3.5.70 About DVA Defence Force Income Support Allowance (DFISA) Removed reference to closed payment.
4.3.9.30 Income from personal injury insurance schemes Removed reference to closed payment.
4.6.7.60 Determining severe financial hardship - readily available funds Removed reference to closed payment.
4.13.1.30 Effect of compensation on compensation affected payments Removed reference to closed payment.
5.1.1.20 YA - current rates Updated to reflect indexation.
5.1.7.10 RA - current rates Updated rates.
5.1.7.110 UA - current rates Updated rates.
5.1.8.10 Common pension rates Updated to reflect indexation.
5.1.8.20 Common benefit rates Updated to reflect indexation.
5.1.8.40 Pension reform - transitional arrangements Added note regarding closed payments.
5.1.9.10 Pension supplement - current rates Updated rates.
5.2.1.20 Single unemployment & sickness benefit - November 1984 to present date Updated to reflect indexation.
5.2.1.30 Married unemployment & sickness benefit - November 1984 to present date Updated to reflect indexation.
5.2.2.10 Maximum basic rates of pension - July 1909 to present date Updated rates.
5.2.2.15 Historical transitional pension rates payable from 20/09/2009 Updated rates.
5.2.3.10 Widow class A, supporting parent's benefit, sole parent pension, PPS - rates from July 1942 to present date Updated to reflect indexation.
5.2.4.50 Parenting payment & associated rates - July 1995 to present date Updated to reflect indexation.
5.2.6.100 UA historical rates - March 2005 to present date Updated rates.
5.2.8.10 Pension supplement - historical rates Updated rates and added note regarding ceased payments.
5.5.2.10 Single person 22 years & over, no dependents, income over $300 per fortnight Updated to reflect indexation.
5.5.2.30 Single person 22 years & over, no dependents, paying no rent Updated to reflect indexation.
5.5.2.40 Single person under 22 years, no dependents, income over $300 per fortnight Updated to reflect indexation.
5.5.2.50 Single person 22 years & over, principal carer of dependent children Updated to reflect indexation.
5.5.3 Samples of allowance rate calculations - partnered recipient Updated section to reflect indexation.
5.5.4.10 PPP, partner not a pensioner Updated to reflect indexation.
5.5.4.30 PPP, partner a pensioner, recipient qualifies for PhA Updated to reflect indexation.
5.5.4.40 PPP, compensation effect on partner Updated to reflect indexation.
5.5.4.50 PPS, under age pension age, 2 children Updated to reflect indexation.
5.5.4.60 PPS, over age pension age, 1 child Updated to reflect indexation.

17 March 2021 (v1.279)

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8.7 Cashless Debit Card Program Updated to reflect legislative change.
8.7.1 Overview of Cashless Debit Card Program Updated to reflect legislative change.
8.7.1.10 Outline of Cashless Debit Card Program Updated to reflect legislative change.
8.7.1.20 Objectives of the Cashless Debit Card Program Updated to reflect legislative change.
8.7.1.30 Cashless Debit Card Updated to reflect legislative change.
8.7.1.50 Excluded goods & services - Cashless Debit Card Program Updated to reflect legislative change.
8.7.2.50 Welfare restricted bank account (Cashless Debit Card Program) Updated to reflect legislative change.
8.7.3 Cashless Debit Card program areas Updated to reflect legislative change.
8.7.3.10 Ceduna & Surrounding Region Updated to reflect legislative change.
8.7.3.20 East Kimberley Updated to reflect legislative change.
8.7.3.30 Goldfields Updated to reflect legislative change.
8.7.3.40 Bundaberg & Hervey Bay Updated to reflect legislative change.
8.7.3.50 Northern Territory New page.
8.7.3.60 Cape York New page.
8.7.4.10 People automatically made participants in the Cashless Debit Card Program Updated to reflect legislative change.
8.7.4.15 Exemptions from Cashless Debit Card Program Updated to reflect legislative change.
8.7.6.20 Lump sum of a restrictable payment Updated to reflect legislative change.
8.7.8 Disclosure of information (Cashless Debit Card Program) Updated to reflect legislative change.
11.4.1.20 People income managed under the VWPR Measure Updated to reflect legislative change.
11.4.2.30 Determination process under the VWPR Measure Clarified policy.

8 February 2021 (v1.278)

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1.1.E.230 External Territory Clarified definition.
1.1.L.60 Liquid funds (SpB) Removed references to closed payments.
1.1.M.20 Major disaster (AGDRP) Updated Minister's title.
1.1.N.12 National Training Wage schedule rate (YA, DSP) Added National Training Wage schedule rate from 1 February 2021.
1.1.P.60 Part 2.23B major disaster Updated Minister's title.
1.1.S.10 Safety net (HCC, PCC, CSHC) Clarified policy.
1.2.6.20 Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment (AGDRP) - description Updated Ministers' titles.
2.2.4.40 Verifying international agreements (deleted) Removed information.
2.2.13.20 RA - verification required Removed reference to COVID-19 regarding exemptions to verification rules.
3.1.2.20 Liquid assets test waiting period Remove references to closed payment.
3.1.7.10 Who is affected by an SWPP Updated to reflect Social Security (Coronavirus Economic Response-2020 Measures No. 16) Determination 2020.
3.2.1.35 Move to area of lower employment prospects for JSP, YA & SpB recipients Clarified policy.
3.3.1.30 Payability of PA Removed reference to closed payment.
3.4.7.50 Non-accruing membership of PBS Updated policy.
3.7.3.10 Qualification for AGDRP Updated Ministers' titles.
3.7.3.20 Determining the rate of AGDRP Updated Minister's title.
3.7.4.45 Qualification for CrP - national health emergency (NHE) Clarified policy.
3.7.6.20 Determining the rate of DRA Updated average weekly income.
3.8.1.10 Qualification for RA Removed references to closed payments.
3.8.1.40 Notification, verification & recipient obligations for RA Removed reference to COVID-19 regarding exemptions to verification rules.
3.8.1.80 Government rent & RA Updated to reflect current state housing authority's names.
3.8.1.90 Temporary accommodation & RA Clarified policy.
3.8.1.104 Special RA rules for young single people Removed references to closed payment.
3.8.1.108 Assessing RA payable Clarified policy.
3.8.1.109 Net rent rules Clarified policy.
3.8.1.110 Sharers provisions for RA Clarified policy.
3.8.2.10 PhA - qualification & payability Removed references to closed payment.
3.8.7.10 TAL - qualification & payability Removed references to closed payment.
3.8.8.10 Qualification for RAA Removed references to closed payments.
3.8.8.20 Payability of RAA Removed references to closed payments.
3.9.1.10 Qualification for HCC - automatic issue Removed references to closed payment.
3.10.3.35 Weekly payments for most vulnerable people Removed reference to closed payment.
3.11 Mutual obligation requirements Clarified policy.
3.11.1.10 Setting job search requirements Clarified policy.
3.11.1.20 Suitable work Clarified policy.
3.11.2 Job Plans Clarified policy.
3.11.3 Suitable activities Clarified policy.
3.11.3.10 Study & training Clarified policy.
3.11.3.30 Voluntary work Clarified policy.
3.11.3.40 Defence Force Reserves Clarified policy.
3.11.3.60 Non-vocational programs & services Clarified policy.
3.11.5.30 Special family circumstances Clarified policy.
3.11.6 Fully meeting requirements Clarified policy.
3.11.8 Mutual obligation requirements for principal carer parents Clarified policy.
3.11.13.10 Description of zones Clarified policy.
3.11.13.20 Capability interviews & capability assessments Clarified policy.
3.11.13.30 Types of failures Clarified policy.
3.11.13.40 Suspensions, demerits & reconnection Clarified policy.
3.11.15 Reasonable excuse Clarified policy.
4.2.7 DRA income test Updated effective date of rates.
5.1.6.20 AGDRP - current rates Updated Ministers' titles.
5.2.2.30 Benevolent Homes (Apportionment of Pension) - May 1980 to January 1993 (deleted) Removed information.
5.2.6.110 ISB historical rates Removed Act reference.
5.4.1.20 Capacity to Repay Advance Payments - Benefits & Pensions (deleted) Removed information.
5.5.5 Samples of DRA rate calculations Updated to reflect Social Security (Disaster recovery allowance rate calculator) Determination 2020.
5.5.5.10 DRA, eligible for YA, income cut-off does not apply Updated to reflect indexation.
5.5.5.20 DRA, eligible for JSP, income cut-off does not apply Updated to reflect indexation.
5.5.5.30 DRA, eligible for JSP, income cut-off applies Updated to reflect indexation.
6.9 SSL repayment arrangements Clarified policy.
8.5.1 Payment nominee Updated reference to Australian Privacy Principle guidelines.
8.5.2 Correspondence nominee Updated reference to Australian Privacy Principle guidelines.

6 January 2021 (v1.277)

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3.1.2.70 Exemptions from waiting periods Updated to reflect temporary exemption from newly arrived resident's waiting period and ordinary waiting period.
3.5.1.70 Residence qualification for PP - overview Updated to reflect extension of qualifying residence period waiver.
3.6.6.100 Termination of MOB Updated to reflect extension to period of grace due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

4 January 2021 (v1.276)

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1.1.D.70 Dependent child Updated effective date of rates.
3.3.1.10 Qualification for PA Removed references to sickness allowance (SA).
3.7.4.20 Qualification for CrP - extreme circumstances (domestic & family violence) Clarified policy.
3.11.11 ParentsNext Updated policy.
3.15.2.20 Payability of ES Removed references to closed payments.
4.2.8.05 Dependent YA - reduction for parental income Clarified rates used in example.
4.2.8.10 Dependent YA - parental income test Clarified rates used in example.
4.10.1.50 Historical employment amount (permissible child earnings) - January 1990 to present date Updated employment amount (permissible child earnings).
5.1.1.20 YA - current rates Updated rates.
5.2.1.50 Youth related payments - July 1986 to present date Updated rates.
5.2.2.40 Historical rates of DSP for people under 21 years of age without dependent children - July 2000 to present date Updated rates.
5.2.5.10 MOB - April 1983 to present date Added rate at 1 January 2021.
5.2.5.20 CA, child disability allowance & HCA - December 1974 to present date, DNCB 1987 to 1999 Added rate at 1 January 2021.
5.2.6.50 PhA rates - 01/11/90 to present date Added rate at 1 January 2021.
5.5.2.40 Single person under 22 years, no dependents, income over $300 per fortnight Updated effective date of rates and income test parameters.
11.3.3.10 Locations that are declared child protection states & territories Updated to reflect legislative change.
11.3.4 Payments subject to income management under the Child Protection Measure Removed reference to baby bonus.
11.5.2 Payments income managed under the Disengaged Youth Measure Removed reference to baby bonus.
11.6.2 Payments income managed under the Long-term Welfare Payment Recipients Measure Removed reference to baby bonus.
11.7.5 Payments income managed under the VIM Measure Removed reference to baby bonus.
11.9.4 Payments subject to income management under the SPAR Measure Removed reference to baby bonus.