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8.4.2 Immediate payments


This section contains information on the various methods of payment for immediate payments.

Differences between types of non-standard payments

It is important to understand the difference between various kinds of non-standard payments that are called similar names.

The following table outlines the differences between:

  • an urgent payment
  • a hardship advance payment, and
  • a lump sum advance payment.
Type of payment can only be made to ā€¦
An urgent payment EXISTING individuals already receiving a payment.

Explanation: All social security periodic payments can be paid as an urgent payment.

A hardship advance payment individuals being granted a payment for their first instalment.

individuals being restored to payment for their first instalment after restoration.

Explanation: Hardship advances can only be paid for a social security pension or benefit.

A lump sum advance payment an individual receiving a social security entitlement, who has received some sort of income support payment for the 3 months immediately before applying for the lump sum advance.

Act reference: SSAct section 23(1)-'social security entitlement', section 23(1)-'income support payment'

Policy reference: SS Guide Qualification for certain benefits & PPS advance payments

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