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11.1.1 Overview of income management

Note: Entrance to the income management regime closed 4 September 2023

Following commencement of the Social Security (Administration) Amendment (Income Management Reform) Act 2023, people currently subject to the income management regime can choose to move to the enhanced income management regime.

Please refer to Part 12 Enhanced income management regime.


This section provides an overview of income management, and explains its background, its objectives, the hierarchy of income management measures, and what welfare payments may be income managed.

Income management's primary aim is to ensure that a proportion of income support and family assistance payments are available to be spent on priority needs and cannot be spent on excluded items, including alcohol, tobacco, pornography or gambling goods and services. This means that money is available to be spent on necessities, including food, housing, utilities, clothing and medical care.

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