Income Support Bonus

A tax free payment to help people on some income support payments, continuing until December 2016 with the last instalment in September 2016.

Eligibility basics

  • receiving certain existing payments to support your income such as Newstart Allowance, Youth Allowance and Austudy

 

Eligibility

To be eligible for Income Support Bonus, you need to be receiving any of the following payments:

You do not need to do anything to get your Income Support Bonus.

If eligible, you will automatically receive your Income Support Bonus with your next payment, or in the payment that follows:

  • after 20 March, and
  • after 20 September
The Income Support Bonus will continue until December 2016 with the last instalment paid in September 2016.

Payment rates

If eligible, you will receive:

  • $111.50 if you are single
  • $92.80 if you are partnered

This rate is not affected by your or your partner’s income. You do not have to pay tax on this payment.

Income Management

If your usual income support payment is income managed, your Income Support Bonus will also be income managed.

Read more about Income Management.

Check your statement

To check whether you have received your Income Support Bonus, look at your Centrelink statement. You can access this using your Centrelink online account through myGov or the Express Plus Centrelink mobile app.

What to do if your account is overdrawn

There is support available to help you manage your money if you have overdrawn your bank, building society or credit union account.

Read more about what to do if your account is overdrawn.

Other government and support services

There are a range of other government organisations that provide support services and useful information you may find helpful.

MoneySmartMoneySmart offers free independent guidance to help people make the most of their money.

Page last updated: 20 March 2016