Income and assets test for Special Benefit

Your income and assets determine how much Special Benefit you can get.

Income test

For every $1 of gross income you earn or get, your rate of Special Benefit reduces by $1.

We’ll determine how much you can get by looking at:

  • your income
  • your partner’s income
  • any extra support you get, including:
    • food
    • accommodation
    • utilities, or
    • other goods and services

Assets test

An asset is any property or possession you own partly or wholly. It includes any assets you have outside Australia and any debts owing to you.

We’ll determine how much you get by looking at:

  • if you own your own home
  • if you are buying your own home

Page last updated: 22 September 2017