The 2014-15 Budget measure, Apply the One-Week Ordinary Waiting Period to all Working Age Payments, now has a start date of 1 July 2015.
Description of the measure
The 2014-15 Budget measure, Apply the One-Week Ordinary Waiting Period to all Working Age Payments, now has a start date of 1 July 2015. The measure will no longer apply to claimants of Widow Allowance.
The Ordinary Waiting Period is a non-payment period of 1 week. Currently, new claimants of Newstart Allowance and Sickness Allowance must wait 1 week before they start receiving payments—unless the claimant is exempt or the waiting period is waived.
In addition, the current rules will be changed so the Ordinary Waiting Period is served after other waiting periods and the current rule that allows the Ordinary Waiting Period to be waived due to severe financial hardship will be tightened.
Questions and answers
Who is eligible for this measure
This measure will affect new claimants of:
- Newstart Allowance
- Sickness Allowance
- Youth Allowance (other)
- Parenting Payment (single and partnered)
Am I eligible for this measure
The date this measure will start and finish
This measure will start on 1 July 2015 and is ongoing.