Income support payment

An income support payment is a regular payment that helps you with living costs.

The type of income support payment you may get depends on your circumstances.

Centrelink income support payments

The following payments are income support payments:

  • Age Pension, you may get this if you’re 66 or older
  • Austudy, you may get this if you’re 25 or older and studying or an Australian Apprentice
  • Carer Payment, you may get this if you care for someone who has a severe disability, illness, or is frail aged
  • Disability Support Pension, you may get this if you have a permanent physical, intellectual or psychiatric condition that stops you working
  • JobSeeker Payment, you may get this if you’re between 22 and Age Pension age and looking for work
  • Parenting Payment, you may get this if you’re the main carer of a young child
  • Special Benefit, you may get this if you’re not eligible for any other income support from us.

The following allowances are income support payments:

  • Farm Household Allowance, you may get this if you’re a farming family in financial hardship
  • Youth Allowance you may get this if you’re 24 or younger and a student or Australian Apprentice, or 21 or younger and looking for work.

Partner Allowance and Widow Allowance, which are closed to new claims, are also income support payments.

Department of Veterans’ Affairs payments

We call your Department of Veterans’ Affairs payment an income support payment if you get any of these:

  • Income Support Supplement
  • Service Pension
  • Veteran Payment.

Page last updated: 17 November 2020