Income Support Bonus

A tax free payment to help people receiving some income support payments.

Eligibility basics

  • receiving certain existing payments to support your income such as Newstart Allowance, Youth Allowance and Austudy
The last instalment of Income Support Bonus will be paid in September 2016.


To be eligible for Income Support Bonus, you need to be receiving one 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 after 20 September.

Payment rates

If eligible, you will receive:

  • $111.70 if you are single, or
  • $93.00 if you are partnered

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

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

Check your Centrelink statement to see if you have received your Income Support Bonus. Access your statement 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.

Manage your money

Getting control of your money can be hard, but we’ve got some great advice and tools to help. Read more about budgeting, borrowing and credit, and managing debt, to help manage your money.

Page last updated: 7 March 2017