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.

If you are:Your maximum fortnightly payment is:
single, no children$510.50
single, with a dependent child or children$552.40
single, aged 60 or over, after nine continuous months on payment$552.40
partnered (each)$460.90
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