The CPS is a supplementary fortnightly payment of $20.80 available to all eligible low-income CDEP participants in receipt of CDEP wages. It is a similar payment to the approved program of work supplement.
A person who commences participation in a CDEP activity on or after 1 July 2009, may receive income support payments, if eligible, rather than CDEP wages. These new participants are not eligible for the CPS. However, from 1 October 2011 eligible income support recipients who undertake CDEP activities will automatically receive the approved program of work supplement of $20.80 per fortnight. Eligible income support recipients are those who are in receipt of NSA, YA (other), PPP, PPS and DSP.
Allowees can elect to have the CPS paid each fortnight or as a lump sum payment every 12 weeks. Pensioners will receive the CPS each fortnight, as there is no provision that allows accumulation of pension instalments.
Act reference: SSAct section 1188B CDEP Scheme participants, section 1188D Entitlement to Supplement: people receiving pension-type payments on or after 20 March 1999, section 1188F Entitlement to Supplement on or after 20 March 2000: people not covered by section 1188D
Policy reference: SS Guide 3.8.10 CDEP CPS - Qualification & Payability
Last reviewed: 20 September 2012