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 social security payments. 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. Supplementary benefits & employment assistance for BVA recipients

Note: BVA closed to new entrants on 20 March 2020 and ceased on 20 September 2020 after those receiving BVA before 20 March 2020 had finished their bereavement period. The following information is for historical purposes only.

Other departmental benefits

BVA recipients MAY also qualify for the following benefits, if they meet the relevant qualification criteria:

  • rent assistance
  • pension supplement
  • remote area allowance
  • clean energy advance
  • clean energy supplement
  • crisis payment, and
  • pensioner concession card.

Policy reference: SS Guide 3.8.1 RA - Qualification & Payability, 3.12.1 Pension supplement - qualification & payability, 3.8.8 RAA - qualification & payability, 3.7.4 CrP - qualification & payability, 3.9.2 PCC - Qualification Provisions, 3.15.1 CEA - qualification & payability, 3.15.2 ES - qualification & payability

Employment incentives

BVA recipients may receive the following employment incentives:

  • access to working credits
  • payment of certain supplementary benefits during the employment income nil rate period
  • continued use of their PCC for a certain period, and
  • able to have their payment resumed during the employment income nil rate period if they report a fall in income sufficient for BVA to be payable again.

Act reference: SSAct section 23(4A) Despite subsection (4) …, section 23(4AA) For the purposes of subsection (4A) …, section 1061ZEA Further extended qualification rule: loss of payment because of employment income (PCC)

Policy reference: SS Guide 3.1.11 Working credit, 3.1.12 Employment income nil rate period, PCC due to employment

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