The Guides to Social Policy Law is a collection of publications designed to assist decision makers administering social policy law. The information contained in this publication is intended only as a guide to relevant legislation/policy. The information is accurate as at the date listed at the bottom of the page, but may be subject to change. To discuss individual circumstances please contact Services Australia.

1.1.E.140 Exceptional or unforeseen expenses (SpB)


For the purposes of SpB, exceptional or unforeseen expenses are expenses that are not ongoing or recurring.

Example: Expenses that may be accepted as unforeseen or exceptional are:

  • money or goods stolen
  • loss of possessions due to natural disaster
  • payment of bond for accommodation, and
  • funeral costs.

Policy reference: SS Guide 3.7.1 SpB - qualification & payability

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