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.

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Page last updated: 16 November 2020