Low Income Family Supplement
An annual $300 payment to help eligible low income households.
- you must meet the tax requirement
- you must meet the income requirement, and
- you must meet residency and other payments requirements
Eligibility & payment rates
From 1 July 2017 this payment will no longer be available and no new claims will be accepted from this date unless special circumstances exist.
To be eligible for the Low Income Family Supplement you will need to meet the:
- tax requirement
- income requirement, and
- residency and other payments requirements
Low Income Family Supplement self-assessment tool
Test your eligibility by using the Low Income Family Supplement self-assessment tool.
You will meet the tax requirement for the Low Income Family Supplement if, in the previous financial year:
- you and your partner each had an individual taxable income that was less than $18,000, or
- if you or your partner’s individual taxable income was more than $18,000 and your individual incomes were less than your Low Income Supplement threshold amount
Your Low Income Family Supplement threshold amount can be calculated using the formula below.
Amount of the person's eligible tax offsets for the income year ÷ 0.15 + $18,000.
Your tax offsets will be listed on your Tax Notice of Assessment which you will receive from the Australian Taxation Office after you have lodged your tax return for the relevant income year. Eligible tax offsets include all offsets except for the low income tax offset.
You meet the income requirement for the Low Income Family Supplement if, in the relevant income year being claimed, your adjusted taxable income was less than $60,000 (single or combined) if you have a dependent child.
You meet the residence requirement for the Low Income Family Supplement if you are in Australia on the date you submit your claim and, in the financial year being claimed, you were:
- an Australian resident at all times
- in Australia for at least 46 weeks, and
- not subject to a newly arrived resident’s waiting period at any time
You meet the other requirements for Low Income Family Supplement if:
- you or your partner received Family Tax Benefit for 39 weeks or more
- you didn’t receive another pension or benefit from the Australian Government for more than 39 weeks
- you were not in prison or a psychiatric institution for more than 25 weeks in the financial year
- you are not in prison or a psychiatric institution when you submit your claim, and
- you and your partner have not already received the Low Income Supplement or Low Income Family Supplement in the financial year
If you received the Clean Energy Advance, the Clean Energy Supplement or the Energy Supplement, you may not be eligible for the Low Income Family Supplement.
If you are not eligible for the Low Income Family Supplement because you did not receive Family Tax Benefit for 39 weeks or more in the previous financial year but otherwise meet all the other eligibility criteria, you may be able to claim the Low Income Supplement.
The Low Income Family Supplement is a $300 annual payment.
You will need to apply each year to receive the Low Income Family Supplement.
Once you have read about eligibility the next steps are:
- test your eligibility for the Low Income Family Supplement by using the Low Income Family Supplement self assessment tool
- start your claim online or complete a paper claim and lodge it at your nearest service centre.
- submit your claim form and supporting documentation
- we will assess your claim and let you know the outcome
There is support available to help you manage your money if you have overdrawn your bank, building society or credit union account.
You can test your eligibility by using the Low Income Family Supplement self assessment tool.
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