Low Income Supplement

Payment ended 30 June 2017.

Eligibility & payment rates

Who can get it

You can get this payment if you meet the:

  • tax rule
  • income rule, and
  • residence and other payment rules

Tax rule

You meet the tax rule if in last financial year you earned:

  • less than $18,000, or
  • more than $18,000, but less than the Low Income Supplement threshold amount

Low Income Supplement threshold amount

Calculate this by:

Tax offsets ÷ 0.15 + $18,000 = Low Income Supplement threshold amount

Tax offsets

A tax offset means you don’t have to pay tax. Read about tax offsets on the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) website.

Your ATO Tax Notice of Assessment will tell you if you can get a tax offset. It will also tell you how much this offset is.

You get a Tax Notice of Assessment after you’ve lodged a tax return. Read more about Tax Notice of Assessment on the ATO website.

Eligible tax offsets include all offsets except the low income tax offset.

Income rule

Your adjusted taxable income in the last financial year must be below:

  • $30,000 for singles
  • $45,000 combined for couples
  • $60,000 combined for singles or couples with a dependent child

Residence rules

You meet the residence rules for the Low Income Supplement if you are in Australia on the date you claim and, in the previous financial year, you were:

  • an Australian resident at all times
  • in Australia for at least 46 weeks, and
  • not subject to a newly arrived resident’s waiting period at any time

Other rules

You meet the other rules for the Low Income Supplement if you:

  • didn’t get Family Tax Benefit (FTB) for 39 weeks or more
  • didn’t get income support from the Australian Government for more than 39 weeks
  • weren’t in prison or a mental health facility for more than 25 weeks last financial year
  • aren’t in prison or a mental health facility when you claim, and
  • your partner didn’t get the Low Income Family Supplement last financial year

What may be different

You may be able to get the Low Income Family Supplement if you:

  • you aren’t eligible for Low Income Supplement because you got Family Tax Benefit for 39 weeks or more in the previous financial year, and
  • meet all the other eligibility rules

How much you can get

The Low Income Supplement is a $300 annual payment.


The Low Income Supplement ended on 30 June 2017. We no longer accept claims unless you have special circumstances that delayed your claim.



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Self assessment tool

Check if you can get the supplement through the self assessment tool.

The Low Income Supplement ends on 30 June 2017. You can only use this tool before this date.

From 1 July 2017 the Low Income Supplement will no longer be available. You must submit your claim for the supplement before 30 June 2017.

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Page last updated: 27 August 2017