Indigenous Australians

Payments

ABSTUDY

Financial help for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander students or Australian Apprentices.

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

Parenting Payment

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

You must have income and assets below the limits, and be the principal carer of a child:

  • younger than 8 if you’re single, or
  • younger than 6 if you have a partner

You can’t claim Parenting Payment before the birth of your 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.

  • at least 16 and under age pension age
  • have a permanent medical condition that prevents you from working 15 hours or more per week within the next 2 years
  • under the income and assets test limits

Carer Allowance

A fortnightly income supplement if you give daily care and attention to someone who has a disability, serious illness, or an adult who is frail and old.

You must give additional daily care at home to:

  • a child aged under 16 who has a disability or serious illness and lives with you
  • 2 or more children aged under 16 living with you whose care needs add up to the same as 1 eligible child, or
  • someone aged 16 or older who has a disability or serious illness or is frail aged

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