An old payment for non-working partners of people on income support that is closed to new claims.
New grants of Partner Allowance stopped on 20 September 2003. If you got Partner Allowance before that date, you must still meet the income and assets test.
Eligibility & payment rates
Your income can reduce how much we pay you.
Property or items that you or your partner own in full or part, or have an interest in, can affect your payment.
Who can get payments and what affects them
There are several things that determine if you can get Partner Allowance.
How much you can get
From 20 September 2017, the highest rate of Partner Allowance you can get is $486.50 a fortnight.
Managing your payment
Change of circumstances
We need to know about changes that could reduce or stop your Partner Allowance.
While travelling outside Australia
To get your payment while outside Australia you must continue to meet the qualification rules for Partner Allowance.
Weekly payment option
Some people can get income support payments each week instead of each fortnight.
How much you or your partner earn affects your payment. We need to know what you and your partner earn so we pay you the right amount.
When you reach age pension age
If you’re getting Partner Allowance and reach age pension age, you can transfer to Age Pension.
My bank account is overdrawn
You can get help to manage your money if your bank account is overdrawn.
Improve your skills for education and employment
The Skills for Education and Employment program may help you improve your speaking, reading, writing or maths.
Read about Skills for Education and Employment.
Payment and Service Finder
Find, estimate and compare payments and services you may be eligible for. You can also work out what a change in circumstance might mean for the payments and services you currently receive from us.
Manage your money
We’ve got advice and tools to help you with budgeting, borrowing and credit, and managing debt.
Read about how to manage your money.
Regular deductions using Centrepay
You can use our free and voluntary service to pay bills as regular deductions from your Centrelink payments.
Read more about how Centrepay works.