Income Support

If you are currently receiving a payment, you can find more information on how it may have been affected.

If you are struggling financially, and wish to apply to receive a payment, more information is available here.

There have been changes to income support payments announced. These will apply to people with disability who receive the Job Seeker payment (Newstart or Sickness Allowance) and the Disability Support Pension. 

These changes include the Coronavirus supplement; which is a temporary  increase to JobSeeker payments, and the economic support payment.

People already receiving eligible income support payments don’t need to do anything to receive this extra support. 

If you are currently not receiving any income support payments, but need support at this time, you can apply to receive Centrelink payments over the phone. Proof of identity can also be done over the phone. Here’s a recent article about eligibility and how to apply.

The Coronavirus Supplement

The Coronavirus supplement is an ongoing payment of $250 per fortnight for eligible payments. The supplement will be cut to $150 fortnightly payment starting in the New Year. If you are receiving the following payments, you are eligible and do not need to apply for the payment.

  • Jobseeker payment (Newstart)
  • Youth Allowance (Jobseeker and Student)
  • Austudy
  • Abstudy
  • Parenting Payment
  • Farm Household Allowance
  • Special Benefits recipients

The supplement does not extend to people currently receiving the Disability Support Pension or carer payments. We’re asking the Government to extend the Coronavirus supplement to people on receiving the Disability Support Pension. People with disability will feel a heavy impact during this time of crisis, and financial support has to be extended to them to ensure they have access to support, safe housing, and essential items. We published a report on the experiences and hardships faced by people with disability during the pandemic.

If you are currently receiving the Disability Support Pension and are considering changing to Newstart or another Jobseeker allowance, please seek advice on the matter as you may not qualify to return to the DSP after the 6-month Coronavirus supplement is no longer available. We are advocating for the DSP to be included in the Coronavirus supplement.

Here is a fact sheet from Services Australia about the possible consequences from making the switch from DSP to JobSeeker Payment, and another from Economic Justice Australia.

There are resources available if you need help:

Our Individual Advocacy Service

Economic Justice Australia

Or find a disability advocacy service near you

Economic Support Payments

To be eligible for the Economic Support Payments, you must have an eligible concession card. Generally people who are eligible for the Coronavirus supplement are not eligible for the support payments. The two payments are set to be paid in December and March 2021. You can find a video and more information here.

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