UA is a supplementary allowance intended to assist certain income support recipients with utilities bills such as gas and electricity.
UA was introduced in December 2004 as a Government election commitment, with payments commencing in March 2005. UA was paid to age (or veteran) pension age recipients receiving a social security or DVA service pension or income support supplement
From 20 September 2009, as part of major pension reform, the value of UA was incorporated into:
Act reference: SSAct section 1061T Qualification for utilities allowance, section 1061VA(1) Quarterly pension supplement
Policy reference: SS Guide 3.8.13 UA - Qualification and Payability
UA is a quarterly payment that is paid into a recipient's bank account on or after the UA test days of 20 March, 20 June, 20 September and 20 December each year.
Act reference: SSAct section 1061T(2) Qualification for utilities allowance
Last reviewed: 1 July 2010