Telephone Allowance

How much you can get

Whether you get the basic rate or full rate of telephone Allowance depends on your situation.

We update payment rates on 20 September each year in line with the Consumer Price Index.

Telephone Allowance Each payment
Basic rate $29.60
Full rate $43.80

Your telephone or internet provider may also offer concessions or discounts.

We don’t tax your Telephone Allowance.

When you get it

You’ll get the allowance every 3 months. The first quarterly payment is on or after:

  • 1 January
  • 20 March
  • 1 July, and
  • 20 September
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Page last updated: 10 May 2019