A one-off payment to help with living costs has been announced

30 March 2022

There’s a $250 one-off payment for eligible customers to help with the cost of living.

The Cost of Living Payment is a one-off payment. It’s not taxable and you don’t need to report it as income for income support purposes.

To get it, you must be a Centrelink or Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) customer. You must be residing in Australia on 29 March 2022 and either:

  • getting an eligible payment
  • have an eligible concession card.

You only get one payment even if you have both an eligible payment and concession card.

The eligible payments are all of these:

The eligible concession cards are all of these:

Read more about the cost of living support for veterans and families on the DVA website.

You don’t need to apply. The Cost of Living Payment is paid automatically. Payments will start from the end of April 2022.

We’ll send you a letter confirming your payment has been made.

Read more about the Cost of Living Payment.

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Page last updated: 13 April 2022