An income support payment if you can’t work or study for a while because of illness, injury or disability.
- at least 22 but under age pension age
- in a job or getting ABSTUDY or Austudy as a full time student
- under the income and assets test limits
Eligibility & payment rates
Who can get it
To get Sickness Allowance you must meet certain criteria.
How much you can get
The amount of Sickness Allowance you can get depends on your income and assets.
Your income can reduce how much we pay you.
The assets you own can affect how much Sickness Allowance you can get.
On the day you claim Sickness Allowance you must be an Australian resident and in Australia.
Check if you’re eligible before you start your claim.
- find out what you need before you start
- complete online claim
- submit your claim and other documents we ask for
- wait for us to tell you the result
Managing your payment
Change of circumstances
We need to know about changes that could reduce or stop your Sickness Allowance.
While travelling outside Australia
To get your payment while outside Australia you must continue to meet the qualification rules for Sickness Allowance.
Someone to deal with us on your behalf
If you want someone else to deal with us, you can authorise them to enquire, act or get payments for you.
When you reach age pension age
Sickness Allowance can’t be paid to people who are over age pension age. You should apply to transfer to Age Pension to see if you’re eligible.
Read more about how to transfer to Age Pension.
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.
My bank account is overdrawn
You can get help to manage your money if your bank account is overdrawn.
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 get 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.