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5.2.9.10 CEA - historical rates

Historical rates

The following tables show the historical rates for the clean energy advance (CEA). The CEA is a supplementary lump sum payment for qualified government payment recipients, paid in respect of a CEA period as outlined in the tables below.

Table 1: Adult pensioners & allowees

Qualifying payment type Maximum CEA rate ($) CEA period

Pensions (includes over age pension age allowees and BVA recipients)

  • single
  • partnered (each)

250.00

190.00

01/07/2012 - 19/03/2013

Seniors supplement

  • single
  • partnered (each)

Note: The final payment of seniors supplement was made in June 2015.

250.00

190.00

01/07/2012 - 19/03/2013

Allowance rates (NSA, WA, PA, SA)

  • single - no children
  • single - with dependent child/ren
  • single, 60 or over, after 9 continuous months on payment
  • partnered (each)
  • single, principal carer of a dependent child (granted an exemption from activity test for foster caring/home schooling/distance education/large family)

160.00

180.00

180.00

150.00

210.00

01/07/2012 - 19/03/2013

Parenting payments

  • parenting payment (single)
  • parenting payment (partnered) (each)

210.00

150.00

01/07/2012 - 19/03/2013
Special benefit A person receiving SpB will receive a CEA payment in respect of the qualifying payment (NSA, YA or Austudy) according to which the person's SpB rate has been calculated.

Table 2: Youth & student allowees

Qualifying payment type Maximum CEA rate for CEA period ($)
01/07/2012 - 30/06/2013 01/07/2013 - 31/12/2013

DSP under 21 - no children

  • single, aged under 18 - dependent
  • single, aged 18-20 - dependent
  • single, aged under 21- independent
  • partnered (each)

160.00

180.00

240.00

240.00

80.00

90.00

120.00

120.00

Youth allowance

  • single, no children

    • aged under 18, at home
    • aged under 18, away from home
    • aged 18 and over, at home
    • aged 18 and over, away from home
  • single, with children
  • partnered, no children (each)
  • partnered, with children (each)
  • single, principal carer of a dependent child (granted an exemption from activity test for foster caring/home schooling/distance education/large family)
  • special rate for long-term income support recipients who are aged 21 years or more commencing full-time study or an Australian Apprenticeship or migrants studying English:
    • single, living at home
    • single, living away from home
    • partnered (each)

110.00

190.00

130.00

190.00

240.00

190.00

210.00

300.00

150.00

230.00

210.00

60.00

100.00

70.00

100.00

130.00

100.00

110.00

150.00

80.00

120.00

110.00

YA (when also receiving YDS)

  • single, no children

    • aged under 18, at home
    • aged under 18, away from home
    • aged 18 and over, at home
    • aged 18 and over, away from home
  • single, with children
  • partnered, no children (each)
  • partnered, with children (each)
  • single, principal carer of a dependent child (granted an exemption from activity test for foster caring/home schooling/distance education/large family)
  • special rate for long-term income support recipients who are aged 21 years or more commencing full-time study or an Australian Apprenticeship or migrants studying English:
    • single, living at home
    • single, living away from home
    • partnered (each)

160.00

230.00

180.00

230.00

240.00

210.00

210.00

300.00

210.00

230.00

210.00

80.00

120.00

90.00

120.00

130.00

110.00

110.00

150.00

110.00

120.00

110.00

Austudy

  • single, no children
  • single, with children
  • partnered, no children (each)
  • partnered, with children (each)
  • special rate for long-term income support recipients who are aged 21 years or more commencing full-time study:
    • single
    • partnered, no children (each)

190.00

240.00

190.00

210.00

230.00

210.00

110.00

130.00

100.00

110.00

120.00

110.00

Special benefit A person receiving SpB will receive a CEA payment in respect of the qualifying payment (NSA, YA or Austudy) according to which the person's SpB rate has been calculated.

Note: YA, Austudy, DSP (under 21 with no dependent children), and certain SpB recipients received a second CEA payment in July 2013 for the CEA period of 1 July 2013 to 31 December 2013.

A person who is partnered, though separated from their partner due to illness, respite care or the partner being in prison, will receive a rate calculated at either the single or partnered rate consistent with the calculation of the rate of their qualifying payment.

Policy reference: SS Guide 5.1.10.10 CEA - current rates, 3.15.1 CEA - qualification & payability

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