This section provides an overview of income management, and explains its background, its objectives, the hierarchy of income management measures, and what welfare payments may be income managed.
Income management's primary aim is to ensure that a proportion of income support and family assistance payments cannot be spent on excluded items, comprising alcohol, tobacco, pornography or gambling goods and services. This means that money that is not spent on excluded goods is available to be spent on necessities, including food, housing, utilities, clothing and medical care.
This section contains the following topics:
Last reviewed: 2 August 2010