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. Independent YA - personal assets test & limits


This topic covers the following matters:

  • exemptions from the personal assets test, and
  • the personal assets test.

Exemptions from the personal assets test

The personal assets test does NOT apply to dependent YA recipients (1.1.D.100).

Explanation: An independent YA recipient who is a member of a couple (1.1.M.120) is considered to be partnered UNLESS the partner is a dependent YA recipient.

Note: Prior to 1 July 2017, the personal assets test did not apply to independent YA recipients with a partner receiving an income support payment.

YA recipients have access to the benefit asset hardship provisions if required.

Act reference: SSAct section 23(1)-'income support payment'

The personal assets test

The personal assets test for independent YA recipients is the same as the benefits assets test.

Act reference: SSAct section 547A Allowance not payable if assets value limit exceeded

Policy reference: SS Guide 4.2.3 Pensions & benefits assets tests, 4.6.7 Asset hardship rules

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