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. Reviews - Investments


This topic explains review action associated with a change in an income support recipient's investments and covers:

  • verifying account and investment balances, and
  • obtaining the surrender value of life insurance policies.

Verifying account & investment balances

When the balance of an investment held by an income support recipient alters, their pension may have to be reassessed. When reviewing investments, ALWAYS identify the current balance of:

  • a bank, building society or credit union account, OR
  • any other type of investment.

If an investment has a market value (1.1.M.40), then identify the current market value in the review.

Obtaining surrender value of life insurance policies

Do NOT conduct a review for the sole purpose of updating the surrender value of a life insurance policy. Obtain the current surrender values along with any other review of an income support recipient's assets (1.1.A.290).

Policy reference: SS Guide 4.4 Deeming Provisions

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