Special Benefit

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

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An increase to the rate of Special Benefit was announced in the Budget, starting from 20 September 2023. It’s subject to legislation. We’ll let you know more soon.

Ukrainian 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 Ukrainian 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. Read more about getting a Centrelink payment.

Read the rules about who can get Special Benefit.

Page last updated: 2 February 2023.
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