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. UA - current rates

Current rates

UA is paid in 4 instalments in March, June, September and December each year. This table shows the annual rates for UA at 20 September 2023.

Recipient status Rate ($ p.a.)
Single 750.80
Partnered - each eligible partner 375.40
Partnered - temporarily separated couple, illness separated couple, respite care couple or partner imprisoned 750.80


UA is indexed to the CPI twice a year in March and September.

UA payability

A number of changes to UA payability came into effect from 20 September 2009 as a result of the Secure and Sustainable Pension Reform Package. Refer to 3.8.13.

Act reference: SSAct section 1061T Qualification for UA, section 1061TA When UA is payable

Policy reference: SS Guide Utilities allowance (UA) - description, 3.8.13 UA - qualification & payability

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