Claiming Special Benefit
You should submit your claim for Special Benefit as soon as possible.
Before you start
Intent to claim
You should register an intent to claim for Special Benefit. This will help you get paid from the earliest possible date.
You can claim Special Benefit in person at a service centre.
Print and complete a Claim for Special Benefit form.
You may need to provide some other documents to support your claim including details of your and your partner's income and assets and confirmation of identity documents.
|If you||Complete this form|
|earn an income or have assets||Income and Assets form|
|have a partner||Partner Details form|
|are receiving child support or maintenance||Details of your child support form|
|currently pay rent where you live||Rent Certificate|
|own your own home, property, or any other real estate||Real Estate form|
|are studying, intend to study, or have stopped studying||Study details form|
|have parents or guardians you are dependent on||Parent or guardian details for the Base Tax Year and Current Tax Year for Dependent Youth Allowance or ABSTUDY Customers form|
|have additional income and assets||Additional Income and Assets form|
|have involvement in a private company||Private Company form|
|have involvement in a private trust||Private Trust form|
|have separated from your partner since you last claimed a payment or service||Separation details form|
|are unable to live at home||Unreasonable to live at home form|
|have ceased work within the last 12 months||Employment Separation Certificate form|
|have undertaken seasonal, contract or intermittent work in the last 6 months||Seasonal, Contract and Intermittent Work Details form|
|have been involved in a Special Disability Trust||Special Disability Trust form|
|are over 18 years of age and it is unreasonable for you to live at home with your parents|
Submit your claim
Submit your completed forms and supporting documents at a service centre within 14 days of telling us your intent to claim.
We will tell you if your claim is successful.
If you are eligible for Special Benefit, we will let you know when your payment will start and how much you will get paid. After your payments begin, we will regularly review your Special Benefit, usually every 3 months. These reviews are compulsory for all Special Benefit customers.
You always have the right to appeal any decision we make.
Read more about reviews and appeals.