1.1.S.230 Special benefit homeless person (SpB)


A homeless person is a person who does not live at the home of either or both of their parents because:

  • of extreme family breakdown or other similar exceptional circumstances, OR
  • it would be unreasonable to expect the person to do so as there would be a serious risk to his or her physical or mental well-being due to violence, sexual abuse or other similar unreasonable circumstances, OR
  • their parents are unable to provide the person with a suitable home owing to lack of stable accommodation.

An SpB homeless person CANNOT:

  • be a member of a couple (1.1.M.120), OR
  • have dependent children, OR
  • be receiving continuous support from a parent or guardian, OR
  • be receiving continuous income support from the Australian, a state or territory government.

Act reference: SSAct section 5(2) Dependent child-under 16, section 739 SpB homeless person

Policy reference: SS Guide 3.7.1 SpB - qualification & payability

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