People who have participation or activity test requirements must continue to meet these requirements when they are being income managed. Similarly, all recipients must continue to attend appointments or comply with other requests whilst being income managed. If an income managed person is subject to:
as a result of not meeting requirements, Centrelink will need to consider the implications of the penalty or suspension for any regular deductions that the person has in place. Centrelink should alert the person to the possibility that they may need to make alternative arrangements for the payment of any ongoing deductions while their payment is subject to the non-payment period, penalty recovery or suspension.
Note: A person may continue to receive some payments, such as FTB, whilst their primary payment is affected by a participation compliance sanction. These continued payments should be considered in determining any ongoing deductions.
A person in a non-payment period or who has a penalty affected instalment is still able to access their income managed funds as normal, providing their income management account has a credit balance and the allocations are for priority needs. There are 3 likely scenarios for an income managed person who has a penalty affected instalment:
Where Centrelink is unable to contact a person subject to a sanction, existing allocations should be maintained while the person's income management account balance remains in credit and there is evidence that the person is accessing their income managed funds.
Once the sanction ceases, new income management allocations will need to be created for the person to meet their priority needs, or any temporarily suspended allocations resumed, on the advice of the person.
A person may be subject to a non-payment period at the time that income management is commenced. In this case, they should negotiate income management related to any current payments that they are receiving, with a review once usual payments are restored.
Last reviewed: 2 August 2010