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.M.53 Maximum basic rate (MBR) of entitlement


The MBR of entitlement is the maximum basic rate of pension, benefit, allowance or payment, usually subject to means testing, before the application of any income test, assets test or parental income test.

It does not include any additional payments such as:

  • pension supplement
  • energy supplement
  • rent assistance
  • telephone allowance, or
  • pharmaceutical allowance.

Each pension, benefit or allowance is calculated using one of the rate calculators in SSAct Chapter 3. Refer to the relevant rate calculator for specific details for each payment type.

Act reference: SSAct section 1061EM Qualification for special employment advance, section 1190 Indexed and adjusted amounts

Policy reference: SS Guide 5.4.6 Special employment advance payments

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