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 social security payments. 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.

1.2.2.10 Partner allowance (PA) - description

Note: PA ceased on 1 January 2022. The following page is for historical purposes only as the information only relates to the period before 1 January 2022.

What is PA?

PA is an income support payment that provides financial assistance for older people who are partners (1.1.P.85) of income support recipients and face barriers to finding employment because of their lack of recent workforce experience (1.1.R.80). There have been no new grants of PA since 20 September 2003.

Act reference: SSAct section 23(1)-'income support payment'

How PA is paid

PA is usually paid fortnightly.

Supplementary assistance

Recipients of PA MAY also receive one or more of the following as part of their PA rate:

They may also be entitled to the following while in receipt of PA:

Bereavement payment provisions

The surviving member of a couple (1.1.M.120) may be eligible for bereavement payments following the death of a partner.

Background information

PA was introduced so that each partner of a couple receives a separate payment, rather than one of the couple receiving a combined payment. This ensured that each recipient was treated as an individual rather than being dependent upon another person.

Act reference: SSAct section 771HA(1) Qualification for partner allowance

Policy reference: SS Guide 3.3.1 PA - qualification & payability, 5.1.2.10 PA - current rates

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