Payment rates for Newstart Allowance

The payment rates for Newstart Allowance are updated on 20 March and 20 September each year and are a guide only.

From 20 September 2014, your maximum rate of payment increased if you receive an income support payment. If you own shares, securities or managed investments, your payment may reduce due to the reassessment of all financial investment values at this time. Read more about financial investments.
If you are:Your maximum fortnightly payment is:
single, no children$515.60
single, with a dependent child or children$557.90
single, aged 60 or over, after nine continuous months on payment$557.90
partnered (each)$465.50
single principal carer granted activity test exemption for either:
  • foster caring
  • non-parent relative caring under a court order
  • home schooling
  • distance education
  • large family