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
  • you meet an income test

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