How much you can get

The amount of Special Benefit you can get depends on your circumstances.

It’s usually the same as Newstart Allowance or Youth Allowance.

We update payment rates for Special Benefit on:

  • 1 January each year if you’re under 21 and have no children, or
  • 20 March and 20 September each year if you have dependent children or are 21 years of age or older

If you’re in severe financial hardship, you can get your first Special Benefit payment early.

For more information:

Page last updated: 13 May 2019

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