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 payment.

How it works

You need to talk to us to apply for weekly payments. We will look at other ways you can manage your money such as Centrepay to pay your bills.

If we agree you can get weekly payments, 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. 

Your weekly payment starts from your next payment date. 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.

Starting work

Once you start working you can’t get weekly payments. We adjust your payments back to fortnightly. This means, instead of getting half of your payment when you start work you’ll get all of it. How much you get depends on your income, assets and any automatic deductions.

You need to report your income so we pay you the right amount. Read about income reporting.

How to apply

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

When we do reviews

You can’t stay on weekly payments for longer than you need to. After 6 months we talk to you and 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

We will also look at other assistance that might help you manage your money. If you stay on weekly payments, we do another review 12 months later.

Page last updated: 12 May 2018

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