Newstart rates and thresholds 20 September

From 20 September 2017, Newstart Allowance rates and thresholds will be indexed. Find out if your payment will be affected.

Newstart Allowance payment rates from 20 September 2017

Family situation Payment rate (per fortnight)
Single, 22 or over, no children $538.80
Single, 22 or over, with children $582.80
Single, 60 or over, after nine months $582.80
Partnered, each $486.50

Income test
Under the income test applied to the Newstart Allowance, you can earn up to $104 per fortnight pre tax, before your payment is affected.

For income levels above $104 but less than $254 per fortnight, your payment will be reduced by 50 cents for every dollar you exceed the threshold. For income above $254 per fortnight your payment reduces by 60 cents until you reach the cut-off threshold.

Newstart Allowance thresholds from 20 September 2017

Family situation

Payment cut-off threshold

Single, 22 or over, no children

$1041.67

Single, 22 or over, with children

$1116.17

Single, 60 or over, after nine months

$1126.50

Partnered, each

$953.00

Newstart applicants will also be subject to an asset test.

For more information on Newstart, visit Humanservices.com.au

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