Weekly payment option

Some people can get income support payments each week instead of each fortnight.

With weekly payments you get the same income support but it’s split into 2 smaller amounts. This can help you budget.

Who can get weekly payments

We can only pay you weekly if you’re:

  • homeless
  • at risk of being homeless, or
  • having trouble managing your money

You need to be getting:

We can’t pay Family Tax Benefit weekly.

If you go on weekly payments you can’t get immediate or urgent payments.

How it works

You need to talk to us to get weekly payments.

If we say yes, your next income support payment and any Rent Assistance will be half what we would pay you for the fortnight. The amount depends on your income, assets and any automatic deductions. You get the other half 7 days later.

Back to normal

When things improve, you go back to fortnightly payments. You can ask to do this any time.

How to apply

Call us on your regular payment line if you want to apply for weekly payments.

When we conduct reviews

You can’t be on weekly payments for longer than you need to.

After 6 months of weekly payments we talk to you to check if you still need them. We do this in person or by phone. We ask about:

  • your budget
  • your money problems, and
  • where you’re living

If you stay on weekly payments, we do another review 12 months later.

Income reporting

Once you start working you can’t get weekly payments. We automatically adjust your payments back to fortnightly.

Read about income reporting.

Page last updated: 1 November 2017