A payment if you’re in severe financial hardship and can’t get other income support from us.
- in severe financial hardship for reasons beyond your control
- unable to earn enough to support yourself and your family
- unable to get another income support payment
If you’re a job seeker, you may need to do extra activities so you can continue to meet your requirements. Read more about new requirements for mature age job seekers 30 and older.
In this section
Eligibility & payment rates
You need to meet eligibility requirements to get Special Benefit, and how much you'll get.
Complete the following steps to claim Special Benefit. Before you start, check if you can get it.
Managing your payment
Your options and obligations for Special Benefit.
Tools, information and other services we offer.
We have other payments, services and subjects to help you with Special Benefit.