What are the criteria to be eligible for sickness allowance?

Geoff wants to know if he is eligible to apply for sickness allowance.

What are the criteria to be eligible for sickness allowance?

Geoff wants to know if he is eligible to apply for sickness allowance.

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Q. Geoff
How do I apply for sickness benefits? And what are the eligibility criteria?

A. The sickness allowance is an income support payment for Australian residents who are unable to work or study for a while because of illness, injury or disability.

You can get sickness allowance if you're 22 years or older, but under Age Pension age and either:

  • have a job
  • get Austudy or ABSTUDY as a full-time student.

You must also:

  • meet an income and assets test
  • meet residence rules
  • be temporarily unable to work or study because of a medical condition
  • provide a Centrelink medical certificate from your doctor
  • have work or study to return to when you’re better.

The easiest way to claim is online, but you will need a myGov account linked to Centrelink to do this.

There will be no new claims for sickness allowance from 20 March 2020. If you’re sick and unable to work or study, you may be eligible to apply for a JobSeeker Payment.

If you’re getting the Sickness Allowance on 20 March 2020, your payment will continue until your medical certificate expires. After it expires your sickness allowance will stop.

Are you eligible for an Age Pension? Do you know your rights? The PensionChecker™ tool has all the information you need.

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    leek
    30th Sep 2019
    10:20am
    So after March 2020, if you are pretty sick, but do casual work, so you cannot be paid sick leave, but technically still have a job, you are going to be forced onto Newstart- where they they will force you to make contact with a job providor before they will start paying you(new rules, came in this year). You then whilst you might be quite sick, try and get the medical exemption from "looking for work". This whole process is not easy at all.
    I am at the end of my working life, but am a casual. I am meeting so many young people that are casual, and hear their stories of struggle with high rents, and the problems with casual work. I would hate to be a young person now.
    Paddington
    30th Sep 2019
    12:40pm
    Well that makes no sense! If you are really ill how can you apply for jobs?
    Again, Th GP or specialist will do the forms for you to take to Centrelink. No way can a legitimately ill person go job hunting.
    cupoftea
    30th Sep 2019
    11:31am
    Don't forget it is the same as new start not higher as it used to be
    leek
    30th Sep 2019
    11:43am
    cup of tea, oh I didn't know that the sickness allowance was higher than Newstart. The government expects people to be fully employed and healthy. Tough luck for those that are not. I was fully employed and healthy until I was made redunant after I turned 50. has been down hill since then. Still reasonably healthy, but not longer can get a fulll time job, due to my age etc.
    cupoftea
    30th Sep 2019
    11:31am
    Don't forget it is the same as new start not higher as it used to be
    sunnyOz
    30th Sep 2019
    11:42am
    You have to have real minimal assets and income, and trying to get it for any type of mental condition is almost impossible.
    Paddington
    30th Sep 2019
    12:38pm
    Your GP does it for you and you take the paperwork down or Centrelink.


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