The Ordinary Waiting Period is a one week non-payment period.
Information update: this measure was updated in the 2015-16 Budget to exclude Widow Allowance.
Description of the measure
The Ordinary Waiting Period is a one week non-payment period. New claimants of Newstart Allowance and Sickness Allowance will undergo the Ordinary Waiting Period before they start to receive the payment, unless the claimant is exempt or the waiting period is waived.
From 1 October 2014, the Ordinary Waiting Period will be extended to all working age payments to include:
- new claimants of Youth Allowance (other), Parenting Payment (Single and Partnered), Widow Allowance
- tightening the current rule which allows the Ordinary Waiting Period to be waived due to severe financial hardship
- removing the current rule which allows the Ordinary Waiting Period to be served alongside other waiting or non-payment periods
Questions and answers
Who will be affected by this measure?
This measure will affect new claimants of:
- Newstart Allowance
- Sickness Allowance
- Youth Allowance (other)
- Parenting Payment (single and partnered)
- Widow Allowance
Am I eligible for this measure?
People who claim one of the affected payments on or after 1 October 2014 will be impacted by this measure.
When will this measure start and finish?
This measure will start on 1 October 2014 and is ongoing.