Special Benefit

A payment if you’re in severe financial hardship and can’t get other income support from us.

To get this you must be:

  • in severe financial hardship for reasons beyond your control
  • unable to earn enough to support yourself and your family
  • unable to get another income support payment.

Read the full conditions under who can get it.

We’ve made changes to some waiting periods due to Coronavirus (COVID-19). Read more about how we’ve changed waiting periods.

You may be in severe financial hardship due to coronavirus (COVID-19). In this case, if you can’t get  Youth Allowance, JobSeeker Payment or Parenting Payment you may get Special Benefit.

Page last updated: 6 July 2020