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. Restricted direct payment under income management

Restricted direct payment

A restricted payment may be made for a specific purpose directly to an income managed person's bank account (including a joint account) or, at their request (i.e. with their consent), to a third party, such as a nominee. This would usually occur where the person needs to make a payment in cash and other payment methods are not available.

An income managed person should discuss their need for a restricted direct payment with the delegate, and the delegate should seek evidence that there is a genuine need for a restricted direct payment.

Example: Tammy needs to pay for her son Tim's school excursion to the zoo and the school will only accept cash. Tammy provides the delegate with a notice from the school that the excursion is taking place and the cost of the excursion. The delegate is satisfied that Tammy has a genuine need of a restricted direct payment to meet this purpose, as education is a priority need, and makes a restricted direct payment to Tammy's bank account for that specific purpose.

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