This topic covers the following:
From 20 September 2009, the following people may receive UA:
From 20 September 2009, even though a person may qualify for UA on a test day, UA will NOT be payable if, on that day, the person:
Explanation: UA under SSAct provisions cannot be paid to a DVA service pensioner or DVA income support supplement recipient.
Act reference: SSAct section 1061T Qualification for utilities allowance, section 1061TA When utilities allowance is payable, section 20A Pension supplement rate definitions
UA test days are 20 March, 20 June, 20 September and 20 December each year. Qualification and payability provisions are applied to recipients on each UA test day and if met, UA will be paid on the recipient's payment delivery day on or after the UA test day.
Act reference: SSAct section 1061TA(3) In this section: utilities allowance test day means:
A person may elect NOT to receive UA for any reason. Where an income support recipient withdraws an election they had previously made, UA becomes payable from the next available UA test day. UA is NOT paid for any UA test days that had occurred while the election was in force.
UA is not payable for any UA test day after a person departs Australia permanently.
Provided a person remains qualified for income support and they satisfy payability conditions, UA is payable on a test day if their temporary absence from Australia has not exceeded 6 weeks.
UA is shared between eligible couples so that each receives half the instalment. For couples living apart due to ill health, they are both eligible for the equivalent of the single rate of UA as long as both recipients satisfy the eligibility criteria in their own right. Each recipient must satisfy payability conditions to receive the UA payment.
Example 1: Bob and Vera each receive Age. Both are eligible for UA, but it is not payable to either of them as the value of the UA is already incorporated into their rate of payment.
Example 2: Tom receives Age and Jane receives PA. On the UA test day both are eligible for UA, but it is only payable to Jane. Jane receives the 'partnered' rate of UA.
Policy reference: SS Guide 126.96.36.199 UA - Current Rates
Last reviewed: 2 January 2013