Special Benefit

A payment if you’re not eligible for any other income support from us. You must also be in financial hardship.

We have multiple system updates and changes to some of our content and services

Cost of Living Payment

We’ve started making the one-off Cost of Living Payment. You don’t need to do anything. Read more about the payment.

Support for Ukraine nationals in Australia

If you’ve been affected by the conflict in Ukraine, we can help you while you’re in Australia. Read more about support for Ukraine nationals in Australia.

To get this you must be:

  • ineligible for any other income support payment
  • in financial hardship for reasons beyond your control.

You can’t get Special Benefit if you’re eligible for any other income support payment. Use our payment guide to check which payment is right for you.

Read the rules about who can get Special Benefit.

Page last updated: 10 December 2021