Note: THESE PAYMENTS HAVE CEASED. The following INFORMATION is for HISTORICAL PURPOSES ONLY.
MAA is an income support payment (section 23(1)-'income support payment') for older unemployed people who:
There have been no new grants of MAA since 20 September 2003 and the payment will be completely phased out by 19 September 2008.
Act reference: SSAct section 23(1)-'income support payment'
MAPA was similar to WP. To receive MAPA, a person must have been a member of a couple (1.1.M.120) whose partner was receiving MAA. Recipients of MAPA were transferred to WP when their partners transferred from MAA to Age. There have been no new grants of MAPA since 1 July 1995 and no payees since July 2001.
Recipients receiving MAA MAY also receive:
The surviving member of a couple may be eligible for bereavement payments following the death of a partner.
MAA is paid fortnightly.
MAA was introduced in March 1994 as an interim measure to assist older long term unemployed people facing difficulties obtaining work in a tight labour market. From 1 July 1996, MAA was modified and became a permanent payment. Recipients of MAA as at 30 June 1996 continued to receive MAA under pension conditions. There are no longer any MAA recipients paid under pension conditions. New grants of MAA between 1 July 1996 and 19 September 2003 have been assessed under the allowance income and assets tests. There have been no new grants of MAA since 20 September 2003.
Act reference: SSAct section 660YBA Qualification for mature age allowance
Last reviewed: 2 January 2013