The current base rate of DOP is $59.30 per fortnight.
The base rate is indexed to changes in the CPI. The effective date of indexation is 1 January each year.
An additional component of DOP is payable to DOP applicants who are eligible for a rate of FTB that is lower than the family allowance (FA)/FTB received by the child's original family at the time the young person became a double orphan.
To be eligible for the additional component of DOP, the applicant must be caring for a young person who became a double orphan on or after 1 July 1998.
The additional component is equal to the difference between the carer's entitlement to FTB for the double orphan and the FA/FTB received for the double orphan in their original family.
The additional component of DOP is not payable where FTB has been cancelled as a result of the child receiving a payment under a prescribed educational scheme.
Payments are made fortnightly in arrears.
Act reference: SSAct section 1010 Rate of double orphan pension, Part 3.16 Indexation and adjustment of amounts
Last reviewed: 10 February 2014