The Guides to Social Policy Law is a collection of publications designed to assist decision makers administering social policy law. TheĀ 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.P.234 Personal earnings


This definition applies to all payments.


Earnings from work performed are treated as income.

Example: Earnings include:

  • wages
  • salaries
  • stipends
  • commission or honoraria etc.
  • bonuses
  • penalty rates, and
  • overtime.

Act reference: SSAct section 8(1) Income test definitions, section 1073AA Work bonus

Policy reference: SS Guide 4.3 Ordinary income, 3.1.15 Work bonus, 3.1.11 Working credit

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