Increased Newstart income limits

If your income has previously excluded you from claiming Newstart Allowance, increased thresholds applied from 20 March 2014 may mean you now qualify.

Income above the new threshold of $100 per fortnight reduces your allowance, but how much depends on your circumstances, as outlined in the table below:

Situation Income per fortnight Payment reduced by
Single, not a principal carer Up to $100

Between $100 and $250

Over $250

Nil

50 cents in the dollar

60 cents in the dollar

Single, principal carer Up to $100

Over $100

Nil

40 cents in the dollar

Partnered to a pensioner Up to $100

Between $100 and $250

Over $250

Nil

50 cents in the dollar

60 cents in the dollar

Partnered to a non-pensioner Up to $100

Between $100 and $250

Over $250

Nil

50 cents in the dollar

60 cents in the dollar

This table is a guideline only and details should be confirmed with Human Services. For further information on how your income is evaluated if you are partnered to a pensioner or non-pensioner, visit HumanServices.gov.au.  

Written by Debbie McTaggart



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