This topic outlines advance payment qualification guidelines for the following payments:
parenting payment (single),
parenting payment (partnered),
youth allowance, and
To qualify for an advance, an applicant must meet the following criteria:
Some of these criteria are explained in more detail later in this topic. Others are explained in the SS Guide topics referenced:
Act reference: SSAct section 23(1)-'social security entitlement', section 23(1)-'social security payment', section 38B Notional continuous period of receipt of income support payments, section 1061A Qualification for advance payment, section 1061D(1) and section 1061D(2) Lodgement of application, section 1061ED Amount of advance payment - pension PP (single), section 1061EE Amount of advance payment - certain other social security payments
Policy reference: SS Guide 3.8 Supplementary Benefits - Qualification & Payability, 22.214.171.124 Capacity to Repay Advance Payments - Benefits & Pensions, 126.96.36.199 Formula for Calculating Certain Benefits & PPS Advance Payments, 188.8.131.52 Repayment of Advance Payments - Benefits & Pensions
A person may apply for an advance payment of their social security entitlement:
Act reference: SSAct section 1061B Application, section 1061C Form of application, section 1061D Lodgement of application, section 1061E Application maybe withdrawn, section 1061EA Secretary to determine application, section 1061EB Payment of advance payment
The likelihood of an advance being misused is not a factor in assessing an application for an advance. If a recipient may have a gambling, alcohol or other addiction, consider the following options:
Young people aged under 18 years receiving the independent rate of YA (except if rurally isolated) are required to have a face-to-face contact before receiving the advance. They can, of course, enquire via the telephone. This will ensure that 'at risk' under 18 year old recipients are accessing advance payments only after having a thorough assessment of their individual circumstances and will ensure that they are fully made aware of the impacts of taking up the offer of an advance.
Policy reference: SS Guide 184.108.40.206 Capacity to Repay Advance Payments - Benefits & Pensions
While recipients generally cannot qualify for an advance while they are receiving any of the following income support payments, periods where they received them count towards the 3-month qualifying period:
Exception: YA and Austudy recipients qualify for advance payment, while receiving YA or Austudy.
A person CANNOT qualify for an advance if they received the whole amount, or the first instalment, of an advance in the last 12 months.
Exception: Any PPS recipient who applies for an advance within 28 days of becoming unpartnered may receive an advance regardless of when they received their last advance, as long as they have repaid any earlier advance.
Act reference: SSAct section 1061A(4) to (6) Disqualification
Recipients who owe debts to the Commonwealth under SSAct Part 5.2 do NOT qualify for an advance payment. This includes debts that are only recoverable under Part 5.2 of the Act (section 1228), such as debts recovered on behalf of other Government departments.
Example: An Austudy debt being recovered under Part 5.2 disqualifies the applicant for an advance.
Note: Debts under OTHER Commonwealth Acts such as a taxation debt under the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 or a child support debt under the Child Support (Assessment) Act 1989 DO NOT preclude the person from receiving an advance.
Act reference: SSAct Part 5.2 Amounts recoverable under this Act, section 1061A(4)(d) Disqualification - other social security entitlements, section 1228 Overpayments arising under other Acts and schemes
Recipients must fully repay an existing advance of an income support payment before another can be granted. Advances of income support payments, however, may be held concurrently with advances of FTB, PhA or MOB.
Act reference: SSAct section 1061A(4)(b) Disqualification
Last reviewed: 1 July 2010