Low Income Supplement
An annual $300 payment for each qualifying individual, limited to one payment per year.
- you must meet the tax requirement
- you must meet the income requirement, and
- you must meet the other residency and payment requirements
Eligibility & payment rates
You may be eligible for the Low Income Supplement if, in the previous financial year, you met the:
- tax requirement
- income requirement, and
- residence and other payment requirements
You meet the tax requirement for the Low Income Supplement if, in the previous financial year:
- your taxable income was less than $18,000, or
- your taxable income was more than $18,000, but less than your Low Income Supplement threshold amount
Your Low Income 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. Eligible tax offsets include all offsets except for the low income tax offset.
You may be eligible for the Low Income Supplement if, in the previous financial year:
- your adjusted taxable income was below:
- $30,000 for singles
- $45,000 combined for couples
- $60,000 combined for singles or couples with a dependent child
You meet the residence requirement for the Low Income Supplement if you are in Australia on the date you claim and, in the previous financial year, 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 the Low Income Supplement if you:
- did not receive Family Tax Benefit (FTB) for 39 weeks or more
- did not receive an income support payment from the Australian Government for more than 39 weeks
- were not in prison or a psychiatric institution for more than 25 weeks in the previous financial year
- are not in prison or a psychiatric institution when you claim, and
- or your partner have not received the Low Income Family Supplement in the previous financial year
If you received the Clean Energy Advance, Clean Energy Supplement or the Energy Supplement you may not be eligible for the Low Income Supplement.
If you are not eligible for the Low Income Supplement because you received 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 Family Supplement.
The Low Income Supplement is a $300 annual payment.
You will need to apply each year to receive the Low Income Supplement.
Once you have read about eligibility the next steps are:
- test your eligibility for the Low Income Supplement by using the Low Income Supplement self assessment tool
- start your claim online or complete a paper claim and submit 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 for the Low Income Supplement by using the Low Income Supplement self assessment tool.
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