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. 'Offset' family assistance & CA payments


Where a recipient or a recipient couple are in receipt of a social security pension or benefit, as well as FTB and/or CA, they may choose to have their entitlement periods (1.1.E.125) for these later payments offset into the alternate week.

Where this option is chosen, the entitlement periods for the payments are offset by one week. Delivery days (1.1.D.55) are always on weekdays and will be offset as follows:

Primary income support payment Offset payment Delivery day of offset payment
Pension or PP Family assistance or CA One week after primary payment.
Benefit other than benefit PPP Family assistance or CA One week and one working day after primary payment.

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

Policy reference: SS Guide Recipients who receive multiple payments, Timing of payment delivery, Partnered recipients - payment delivery

FA Guide 1.2.1 Family tax benefit (FTB) - description

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