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. ISB historical rates


ISB was a 2012-13 Budget measure intended to assist with cost of living pressures. It came into effect in September 2013 and ceased on 31 December 2016.

Qualifying payments included NSA, SA, YA, Austudy, ABSTUDY Living Allowance, SpB and PP.

ISB was also paid under the Farm Household Support Act 2014, as well as under the VCES and MRCA Education and Training Scheme.


ISB was indexed to the CPI twice annually, in March and September, from September 2013.

Timing of payments

The ISB was paid in a maximum of 2 instalments in a calendar year on or after 20 March and 20 September, if the recipient qualified on the respective test day.


The following table shows the annual rates in dollars.

Date Recipient status
Single ($) Partnered - each eligible partner ($) Partnered - illness separated couple, respite care couple or partner is in gaol ($)
20/09/2013 105.80 88.20 105.80
20/03/2014 107.80 89.90 107.80
20/09/2014 108.90 90.80 108.90
20/03/2015 109.70 91.40 109.70
20/09/2015 110.60 92.10 110.60
20/03/2016 111.50 92.80 111.50
20/09/2016 111.70 93.00 111.70

Policy reference: SS Guide 3.8.17 ISB - qualification & payability

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