Claim for Special Benefit form (SU004)
Use this form to claim Special Benefit if you’re in financial hardship and you aren’t eligible for any other income support.
Income and assets test for Special Benefit
We use income and assets tests to check if you can get Special Benefit. We also use these to work out how much you can get.
You usually need to be an Australian resident to get a payment from us. We explain how we define an Australian resident.
New Zealand citizens claiming payments in Australia
If you’re a New Zealander living in Australia you can get Centrelink payments if you meet eligibility.
How much Special Benefit you can get
The amount of Special Benefit you can get depends on your circumstances.
Supporting documents for Special Benefit
When you claim Special Benefit, we’ll ask you for some documents to support your claim.
Who can get Special Benefit
You may get Special Benefit if you aren’t eligible for any other income support. You’ll need to meet some rules.
Bank guarantee and term deposit for an Assurance of Support
When you give a bank guarantee, you must be ready to put money in the bank to cover its value.
Read about visiting Australia to work or study and payments or services that may help you.
Income from outside Australia
Income you get from outside Australia can count in your income test.