Definition of main benefits
The main benefits are:
- Unemployment Benefits, comprising Unemployment Benefit and Unemployment Benefit – Hardship
- other unemployment-associated benefits, comprising Unemployment Benefit – Training, Unemployment Benefit – Hardship – Training, Unemployment Benefit – Student Hardship and (until August 2012) Independent Youth Benefit
- Domestic Purposes Benefits, comprising Domestic Purposes Benefit – Sole Parent, Domestic Purposes Benefit – Care of Sick or Infirm, Domestic Purposes Benefit – Women Alone and Emergency Maintenance Allowance
- Sickness Benefits, comprising Sickness Benefit and Sickness Benefit – Hardship
- Invalid’s Benefit
- Widow’s Benefit
- Emergency Benefit.
Eligibility for main benefitsTop
To be eligible to receive a main benefit, clients must:
- meet any relevant tests of assets, income and residency
- meet the eligibility criteria for that benefit
- if required, fulfil:
– any relevant pre-benefit obligations
– any relevant work or planning obligations.
The information on eligibility for particular main benefits is included with the information for each one.
Note – Independent Youth Benefit
This benefit was payable until August 2012, when it was replaced by Youth Payment and Young Parent Payment. Independent Youth Benefit was normally restricted to 16–17 year olds.
Working-age recipients of this benefit needed to be:
- aged 18
- receiving this benefit when they turned 18 years
- attending secondary school.
These clients could only receive this benefit until the end of the school year in which they turned 18 years.
Statistics for working-age clients therefore include:
- only a small proportion of those receiving an Independent Youth Benefit
- none of those granted an Independent Youth Benefit
- only a small proportion of those cancelling an Independent Youth Benefit.