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11.9.4 Payments subject to income management under the SPAR Measure

Income managed payments under the SPAR Measure

A person may be subject to income management under the SPAR Measure if, at the test time either the person or the person's partner is an eligible recipient of a category H welfare payment.

Category I welfare payments (which includes category H welfare payments) are income managed under the SPAR Measure:

  • instalments of category I welfare payments (other than instalments of ABSTUDY) are income managed at a rate of 70%, and
  • lump sums, instalments of ABSTUDY with PES or living allowance and relocation scholarship payments are income managed at a rate of 100%.

For a full list of category H payments, see Trigger payments for income management. For a full list of category I payments, see Payments subject to income management.

SS(Admin)Act section 123TK provides that a person is an 'eligible recipient' of a relevant welfare payment beginning on the start day for the payment and ending when the payment is cancelled. This means that even if the trigger welfare payment is suspended or reduced to a 'zero rate' for a period, the person is an eligible recipient during that period.

Act reference: SS(Admin)Act section 123TK Eligible recipient

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