Nil payment period extended until 16 April 2021
13 November 2020
There will be a further extension of the nil payment period due to coronavirus (COVID-19) until 16 April 2021.
The nil payment period extension helps you remain connected to the income support system if you’re getting income that’s over a certain amount. It means you can have a $0 payment for more than the usual 6 fortnights without us cancelling your payment. This applies if your nil payment period starts between 30 March 2020 and 22 January 2021.
What a nil payment period is
A nil payment period starts when we can't pay you an income support payment because you've reported income over a certain amount. This includes your partner’s income.
Usually, a nil payment period can be up to 6 fortnights in a row. After 6 fortnights in a row, we’ll cancel your payment if your income is still too high. If we pay you at least $1 before the end of the 6 fortnights, we won’t cancel your payment. Due to coronavirus (COVID-19), the nil payment period has been further extended to 16 April 2021.
What will happen when this extension ends
If we haven’t paid you at least $1 before 16 April 2021, we’ll cancel your payment.
If you get Disability Support Pension (DSP)
We can suspend your DSP for up to 2 years if:
- you get Disability Support Pension (DSP)
- your own employment income is too high
- you’ve been getting nil rate for at least 6 fortnights.
We may be able to restore your DSP if you become eligible again within 2 years.
For all income support payments, if we cancel your payment, you can reclaim. This is if your income changes and you need income support again.
Read more about:
- if you get income from JobKeeper Payment
- changes to our payments and services due to coronavirus (COVID-19).
You may still get the Coronavirus Supplement in your payment each fortnight until 31 March 2021.
The pause on debt in response to COVID-19 is ending. But if you owe money, you won’t need to repay it until next year.
Page last updated: 16 November 2020
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