PPP is subject to a modified version of the benefits income test, comprising the following:
These amounts are current as at 1 July 2006 and are not indexed. However, the partner income free area does increase in line with changes in the cutout point of the partner's payment, or NSA, whichever is applicable.
Act reference: SSAct section 1068B-A1 Method of calculating rate-general, section 1068B-D1 Effect of income on maximum payment rate, section 1068B-D19 Period over which ordinary income taken into account, section 1068B-D20 Fortnightly rate of ordinary income, section 1068B-D23 Partner income excess, section 1068B-D24 Partner income reduction
Policy reference: SS Guide 4.2.2 Benefits Income Test & Limits, 18.104.22.168 PPS Income & Assets Tests & Limits, 22.214.171.124 About DVA Service Pensions, 126.96.36.199 About DVA Disability Pensions, 188.8.131.52 Calculating a Rate of PP - Partnered
Income, EXCLUDING leave payments subject to the IMP, and EXCLUDING employment income (1.1.E.102) that is assessed on a fortnightly basis, may be taken into account over an appropriate period of up to 52 weeks, rather than fortnightly. This means that the continuing rate of current income is used, UNLESS the recipient's partner receives a social security benefit (section 23(1)-'social security benefit'). For these recipients, income is assessed in the fortnight in which it is first earned, derived or received - consistent with their allowee partner's income assessment.
Act reference: SSAct section 23(1)-'social security benefit', section 1068B-D19 Period over which ordinary income taken into account
PPP is subject to the benefits assets test. The assets limits for benefits are the same as those for a full pension couple in the pensions assets test. PPP is NOT payable if a recipient's assets exceed those limits. The limits are halved if the recipient's partner is receiving a social security payment.
Act reference: SSAct section 500Q(3) The assets value limit of a person who is a member...
Last reviewed: 11 February 2013