A payment if you’re in severe financial hardship and can’t get other income support from us.
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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.
Complete the following steps to claim Special Benefit. Before you start, check if you can get it.
Page last updated: 6 July 2020
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