Your options and obligations for Special Benefit.
In this section
Mutual obligation requirements
There are things you must do to keep getting income support and have a better chance of finding work.
Not meeting mutual obligation requirements
Not meeting your mutual obligation requirements as a job seeker can affect your Centrelink Payment.
We review your Special Benefit to make sure you’re still eligible and getting the right amount.
Change of circumstances
We need to know about changes that could reduce, increase or stop your Special Benefit payment.
While travelling outside Australia
There are rules about when we can pay your Special Benefit while you’re outside Australia.
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
When you reach age pension age, you may still get Special Benefit if you're not eligible for Age Pension.
My bank account is overdrawn
You can get help to manage your money if your bank account is overdrawn.