There’s a permanent increase to some payments

1 April 2021

From 1 April 2021, some income support payments increase by $50 per fortnight.

The increase applies if you’re getting any of the following:

  • JobSeeker Payment
  • Youth Allowance
  • Parenting Payment
  • Disability Support Payment if you’re under 21 with no dependent children
  • Special Benefit
  • Austudy
  • ABSTUDY Living Allowance except for tertiary students under 16 and masters and doctorate students
  • Partner Allowance
  • Widow Allowance
  • Farm Household Allowance
  • Status Resolution Support Services payment
  • certain Department of Veterans’ Affairs Education Scheme Payments.

The increase may also apply if you’re a New Enterprise Incentive Scheme participant.

You don’t need to do anything to get the increase. Your payment rate will automatically update.

For some people, your first payment in April may include a partial increase to your regular payment and a final Coronavirus Supplement payment. This applies if your reporting date is on or before 13 April 2021. For all reporting dates on or after 14 April 2021, your payment will be at the new rate.

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Page last updated: 1 April 2021