Indigenous Australians

Payments

ABSTUDY

A group of payments for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander students or apprentices.

  • you're an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Australian, and
  • in an approved course, Australian Apprenticeship or traineeship, and
  • not getting another payment to study or train

Parenting Payment

The main income support payment while you’re a young child’s main carer.

  • have income under the limits
  • meet principal carer rules and care for a child under 8 if you’re single or under 6 if you’re partnered
  • meet residence rules
  • can’t claim before the birth of a child

Newstart Allowance

The main income support payment while you’re unemployed and looking for work.

  • at least 22 but under age pension age
  • looking for paid work
  • under the income and assets test limits
  • prepared to meet mutual obligation requirements

Disability Support Pension

Financial help if you have a permanent physical, intellectual or psychiatric condition that stops you from working.

  • between 16 years of age and age pension age
  • have a permanent medical condition that stops you from working
  • meet residency requirements
  • meet income and assets tests

Carer Allowance

An additional fortnightly payment if you give daily care to someone who has a disability, serious illness, or is frail aged.

  • you give extra care to someone who has a disability or severe illness or is frail aged
  • their care needs score high enough on the ADAT or DCLAD
  • they will have these needs for at least 12 months or the rest of their life

Age Pension

The main income support payment for people who have reached age pension age.

  • reached age pension age
  • under the income and assets test limits
  • an Australian resident, normally for at least 10 years