SCA was also payable to people who were temporarily absent from Australia for not more than 13 weeks when a SCA test day occurred, and who held a CSHC immediately before their departure.
SCA was an annual payment paid into an eligible person's bank account in quarterly instalments, as soon as reasonably practicable on or after the SCA test days of 20 March, 20 June, 20 September and 20 December each year.
SCA was introduced in December 2004 as a Government election commitment to assist CSHC holders. SCA was paid to those who had a CSHC under either the SSAct or the VEA (DVA paid SCA to VEA CSHC holders and eligible DVA Gold Card holders who did not already receive UA or SCA).
Act reference: SSAct section 1061U Qualification for seniors supplement
Policy reference: SS Guide 3.8.12 SCA - Qualification & Payability
Last reviewed: 12 August 2013