Income Management—Vulnerable Welfare Payment Recipient
What is the Vulnerable Welfare Payment Recipient measure of Income Management?
Your payments may be income managed under the Vulnerable Welfare Payment Recipient Income Management measure because an Australian Government Department of Human Services social worker has decided that Income Management can help you and/or your family, based upon your current circumstances. For young people you may be automatically placed on Income Management, without being referred by a department social worker based upon your current circumstances.
How this affects your payments
50 per cent of your payments and 100 per cent of any advance and lump-sum payments you receive will be income managed. The rest of your payments will be paid to you in the usual way. Your income managed money can be used to pay for essentials such as rent, bills, and food that you and your family need.
Changes from 1 July 2013
From 1 July 2013, the Vulnerable Welfare Payment Recipient Income Management measure will automatically apply to young people, who have not been referred by a department social worker, and will include young people who are:
- granted the Unreasonable To Live At Home (UTLAH) rate of payment by a department social worker, or
- under the age of 16 and are granted a Special Benefit payment by a department social worker, or
- under the age of 25 and are released from prison, and
- living in one of the following locations:
- Northern Territory
- Bankstown in NSW
- Playford and Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands in SA
- Greater Shepparton in Victoria, or
- Logan and Rockhampton in Queensland, and
- Ngaanyatjarra Lands (NG) Lands and Laverton Shire (Western Australia)
How long will my payments be income managed for?
Your payments may be income managed for up to 12 months. During this time, a department social worker may review how you are going. If your circumstances have improved, the social worker may take you off Income Management. If your circumstances have not improved, you may stay on Income Management.
If you believe that your circumstances have improved and that you are now able to look after your needs and/or the needs of your family, you can ask a department social worker to reconsider his or her decision.
If you do not want to be income managed
Exemptions do not apply to customers who are income managed under the Vulnerable Welfare Payment Recipient Income Management measure. A department social worker may decide to end your Income Management if your circumstances have changed.