Support for people with limited work experience who are finding it hard to get work and their partner gets an income support payment.
New grants of Partner Allowance stopped on 20 September 2003.
If you were receiving Partner Allowance before that date, you can keep receiving it as long as you still qualify.
To qualify, you need to meet income and assets tests.
Eligibility & payment rates
An income test and an assets test are used to work out your payment rate. The test that results in the lowest payment rate will apply.
Property and items you or your partner own or have an interest in, including assets held outside Australia, can affect your payment.
Your eligibility and the amount you are paid can be affected by things including:
- whether you provide us with information such as identity documents and your tax file number
- whether you are a member of a couple
- how many dependent children you have
- whether your circumstances change while you are getting a payment
- how much rent you pay and whom you pay it to
- your age
- whether you live in a remote area
- whether you live away from home
- whether you are independent
- when you arrived in Australia. There is a waiting period for newly arrived residents
- whether you are paid under an International Social Security Agreement
- any compensation payments you or your partner receive
- any leave or redundancy payments you or your partner receive
- whether you need to pay tax on your Centrelink payment
- going on holiday or move permanently outside Australia
- going to jail
- whether you have a telephone
The maximum rate of Partner Allowance is $476.40 per fortnight. This payment rate is effective from 20 March 2016. The amount you get depends on your income and assets.
Partner Allowance is usually adjusted on 20 March and 20 September each year, in line with the Consumer Price Index.
Your Partner Allowance is reviewed every 6 months.
If you are earning a variable income, you need to report it to us every fortnight.
If you disagree with a decision we make, you always have the right to appeal.
Managing your payment
You need to tell us if your circumstances change while receiving Partner Allowance. For example, you need to tell us if your income changes.
You need to tell us about any changes within 14 days in case this affects your Partner Allowance. If you don’t tell us about changes you may be overpaid, and you will probably have to pay the money back.
To get your payment while outside Australia you must continue to meet the qualification rules for that payment.
In certain circumstances you may be eligible to receive your income support payment weekly, instead of fortnightly.
How much you earn affects your payment. We need to know what you have earned each fortnight so you are paid the right amount.
Partner Allowance can continue to be paid to people who are over age pension age.
There is support available to help you manage your money if you have overdrawn your bank, building society or credit union account.
A program to help develop speaking, reading, writing or basic maths skills to improve the chances of you getting and keeping a job.
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