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. Notification & recipient obligations for SpB

Notifiable events for SpB

In addition to the common notifiable events, SpB recipients must notify Services Australia within the 14-day notification period, if any of the following events occur, or are likely to occur:

  • the recipient or their partner

    • commence any form of paid work
    • changes residency status
    • travel overseas for any purpose
    • start to receive income, or their level of income changes
    • buy or sell shares or managed investments
    • receives bonus shares
    • have combined assets of more than the amount specified
    • receives superannuation
    • move into or out of a nursing home (1.1.N.140), hostel (1.1.H.90) or retirement village (1.1.R.270)
    • receives compensation
    • receives payment under NEIS
    • apply for or vary enrolment at an educational institution
    • receives an overseas pension, or
    • receives other government payments.
    • Example: Another social security or DVA payment
  • the recipient
    • marries, partners, separates or divorces
  • for recipients under 18 years of age, they
    • move back to the parental home
    • receive continuing support from parents or another person, or
    • receive continuing support from another Australian Government department, or a state or territory authority.

Recipients have 28 days to notify of a bereavement.

Common provisions

Some notification and recipient obligations are common to most payments, and explained in 3.1.3.

Policy reference: SS Guide 3.1.3 Notification & recipient obligations

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