Supporting jobseekers in the transition to work-increase and index the income free area for eligible income support recipients - Budget 2013-14

From 20 March 2014, the income free area will increase from $62 to $100 per fortnight for Newstart Allowance, Widow Allowance, Partner Allowance, Parenting Payment Partnered and Sickness Allowance.

Description of the measure

From 20 March 2014, the income free area will increase from $62 to $100 per fortnight for:

  • Newstart Allowance
  • Widow Allowance
  • Partner Allowance
  • Parenting Payment Partnered
  • Sickness Allowance.

The income free area is the amount a person on income support, and/or their partner may earn in a fortnight before their rate of payment is affected.

This means a person can work more without it affecting their payment.

The income free area will be indexed by annual changes to the consumer price index from 1 July 2015.

Questions and answers

Who will be affected by this measure?

Recipients of Newstart Allowance, Widow Allowance, Partner Allowance, Parenting Payment Partnered and Sickness Allowance.  

Am I eligible for this measure?

This change will be automatically applied to Newstart Allowance, Widow Allowance, Partner Allowance, Parenting Payment Partnered and Sickness Allowance.  

When will this measure start and finish?

This measure will start on 20 March 2014 and will be ongoing.  

Page last updated: 27 August 2017