SA aims to provide income support (1.1.T.70) for people who:
These people are able to resume their employment (section 10A(2)-'employment'), or intend to return to their studies once they have recovered from their incapacity.
Act reference: SSAct section 10A(2)-'employment'
Recipients of SA MAY also receive:
Explanation: All recipients of SA automatically receive a HCC. Those who are aged 60 years or more and have been receiving income support for a continuous period of 9 months receive a PCC.
SA is paid fortnightly.
Prior to 20 March 1996, incapacitated recipients remained on job search allowance (JSA), NSA or YTA if the period of their incapacity was less than 13 weeks, but were transferred to SA if the period of their illness extended beyond 13 weeks. Recipients were then transferred back to JSA, NSA or YTA on recovery.
From 20 March 1996, these transfers ceased. Recipients temporarily incapacitated for work due to illness or injury maintained an ongoing eligibility for JSA, NSA or YTA.
New recipients who are unemployed but are temporarily incapacitated now claim NSA or YA with temporary incapacity. New claimants who have employment or study to return to when they recover from the illness or injury will continue to claim and receive SA.
Act reference: SSAct section 666(1) Qualification for SA
Last reviewed: 5 November 2007