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. Supplementary benefits & assistance for SpB recipients

Other departmental benefits

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

  • family tax benefit
  • rent assistance
  • pharmaceutical allowance
  • telephone allowance
  • remote area allowance
  • HCC or PCC
  • crisis payment
  • energy supplement
  • EdEP (if a non-residentially qualified sole parent), and
  • pension supplement if over age pension age.

Other departmental benefits are not regarded as income under the SpB direct deduction income test.

Act reference: SSAct section 7 Australian residence definitions

SS(Admin)Act section 29 General rule

Policy reference: SS Guide 3.8.1 RA - qualification & payability, 3.8.2 PhA - qualification & payability, 3.8.7 TAL - qualification & payability, 3.8.8 RAA - qualification & payability, 3.9.1 HCC - Qualification Provisions, 3.9.2 PCC - Qualification Provisions, 3.7.4 CrP - qualification & payability, 3.8.6 EdEP - qualification & payability, 3.12.1 Pension supplement - qualification & payability, 3.15.1 CEA - qualification & payability, 3.15.2 ES - qualification & payability

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