Income and assets test

Your income and assets determine how much Special Benefit you can get.

Income test

For every $1 of gross income you earn or get, your rate of Special Benefit reduces by $1. We’ll determine how much you can get by looking at both of the following:

  • your income
  • your partner's income.

We’ll also look at any extra support you get, including any of the following:

  • food
  • accommodation
  • utilities
  • other goods and services.

Assets test

An asset is any property or possession you own in full or part. It includes any assets you have outside Australia and any debts owing to you.

We’ll determine how much you get by looking at if you:

  • own your own home
  • are buying your own home.

Page last updated: 12 March 2020