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.P.460 Provisional commencement day


This definition applies to all payments.


'Provisional commencement day' is generally the day on which the recipient lodged their claim for payment. Pensions and allowances are generally not payable before the provisional commencement day, although some payments do have specific backdating provisions.

The provisional commencement day rules for all payments are specified in SS(Admin)Act Part 3 Division 3.

Example: The policy reference below explains the provisional commencement day provisions.

Act reference: SS(Admin)Act Part 3 Division 3 Commencement of social security payment

Policy reference: SS Guide 8.3 Start days

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