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. Entitlement period - an overview


This is the period over which a recipient's entitlement will accrue. It is usually 14 days. For most recipients, their entitlement period (1.1.E.125) will end 2 working days before their delivery day (1.1.D.55). For recipients receiving a benefit other than benefit PPP their entitlement period will end one working day before their payment delivery day. This different treatment is necessary for current payment processing reasons.

Act reference: SSAct section 23(1)-'social security benefit'

When can entitlement periods be for periods of less than 14 days?

An entitlement period can be for less than 14 days where the recipient:

  • has just started on payment
  • has lost entitlement to payment, or
  • changed their payment delivery day.

Policy reference: SS Guide Entitlement period - general rules, Recipient loses entitlement, Changing a payment delivery day

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