Maximum rates of Unemployment Benefit, Job Search Allowance, Newstart Allowance, Sickness Benefit, Sickness Allowance, Youth Training Allowance, Youth Allowance, Special Benefit(a), Mature Age Allowance, Partner Allowance and Widow Allowance, from 1945

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Unemployment Benefit, Sickness Benefit and Special Benefit(a), from 1945 to 1972

Date
of effect

Aged
21+ or partnered

Aged
16–17

Aged
18–20

Dependent spouse

SB 6 weeks and over

 

(b)

Other

$ per week(c)

01.07.45

2.50

1.50

2.00

2.00

 

25.09.52

4.10

2.10

4.00

4.00

 

17.10.57

6.50

3.50

4.75

4.75

 

27.09.61

7.50

3.50

4.75

5.25

 

01.03.62

8.25

3.50

4.75

6.00

 

27.09.69

10.00

4.50

6.00

7.00

 

28.09.70

10.00

4.50

6.00

7.00

15.50

10.00

01.04.71

10.00

4.50

6.00

7.00

16.00

10.50

29.09.71

10.00

4.50

6.00

8.00

17.25

11.25

25.02.72

17.00

7.50

11.00

8.00

17.25

11.25

24.04.72

17.00

7.50

11.00

8.00

18.25

12.00

27.09.72

17.00

7.50

11.00

8.00

20.00

13.00

Maximum rates of Unemployment Benefit, Sickness Benefit and Special Benefit(a), from 1973 to 1978 

With dependent spouse

Single, aged 16–17

Single, aged 18+

$ per week

16.03.73

37.50

21.50

21.50

26.09.73

40.50

23.00

23.00

22.03.74

45.50

26.00

26.00

31.07.74

51.50

31.00

31.00

19.05.75

60.00

36.00

36.00

01.11.75

64.50

36.00

38.75

03.05 76

68.50

36.00

41.25

01.11.76

72.50

36.00

43.50

02.05.77

78.50

36.00

47.10

01.11.77

82.20

36.00

49.30

01.05.78

85.80

36.00

51.45

Maximum rates of Unemployment Benefit, Sickness Benefit and Special Benefit(a), from 1978 to 1985




With
dependent spouse

SB single, aged 18+;
UB with children

UB/SB single,
aged 16–17

UB single,
aged 18+

$ per week

01.11.78

88.70

53.20

36.00

51.45

01.11.79

96.50

57.90

36.00

51.45

01.05.80

101.70

61.05

36.00

51.45

01.11.80

106.80

64.10

36.00

53.45

07.05.81

111.10

66.65

36.00

53.45

05.11.81

116.20

69.70

36.00

58.10

06.05.82

123.60

74.15

36.00

58.10

01.11.82

128.80

77.25

40.00

64.40

01.05.83

137.30

82.35

40.00

68.65

01.11.83

143.20

85.90

45.00

73.60

01.05.84

149.10

89.40

45.00

78.60

01.11.84

153.30

91.90

(d)45.00

81.10

01.05.85

157.30

94.30

(d)45.00

85.20

Maximum rates of Unemployment Benefit, Sickness Benefit and Special Benefit(a), from 1985 to 1987

With dependent spouse

SB single, aged 18+; or UB/SB with dependants

Single, no dependants

UB/SB
aged 16–17

UB
 aged 18–20

UB
aged 21+

$ per week

01.11.85

163.30

97.90

50.00

88.20

91.45

01.05.86

170.30

102.10

50.00

88.20

95.40

01.07.86

170.30

102.10

(e)50.00

88.20

95.40

15.12.86

177.10

106.20

(e)50.00

88.20

99.20

01.01.87

177.10

106.20

(e)50.00

91.20

99.20

13.06.87

187.00

112.15

(e)50.00

91.20

104.75

Maximum rates of Unemployment Benefit, Job Search Allowance, Newstart Allowance, Sickness Benefit, Sickness Allowance, Youth Training Allowance, Special Benefit(a), Mature Age Allowance, Partner Allowance and Widow Allowance, from 1987 to 1998

Single, no dependants

With dependent spouse

Single with
dependants

Under 18

 Aged
18–20

Aged 21+

Maximum(f)

Minimum(f)

Independent

$ per week

13.12.87

193.50

116.20

(e)50.00

25.00

-

91.20

108.40

13.06.88

200.10

120.05

(e)50.00

25.00

-

91.20

112.10

13.12.88

207.10

124.25

(e)50.00

25.00

-

91.20

116.00

01.01.89

207.10

124.25

(e)53.55

25.00

-

97.70

116.00

13.06.89

215.40

129.20

(e)53.55

25.00

-

97.70

120.65

15.11.89

222.70

133.60

(e)53.55

25.00

-

97.70

124.75

01.01.90

222.70

133.60

57.60

26.90

95.10

105.15

124.75

18.04.90

235.40

141.20

57.60

26.90

95.10

105.15

130.00

20.09.90

(g)243.20

145.85

57.60

26.90

95.10

(h)105.15

134.30

01.01.91

243.20

145.85

62.05

28.95

95.10

113.25

134.30

28.03.91

251.50

150.80

62.05

28.95

102.40

113.25

134.30

20.09.91

251.50

150.80

62.05

28.95

102.40

113.25

138.85

01.01.92

251.50

150.80

64.15

29.95

105.90

117.10

138.85

20.03.92

255.30

153.05

64.15

29.95

105.90

117.10

140.95

01.01.93

255.30

153.05

64.90

30.30

107.15

118.50

140.95

28.01.93

260.30

156.05

64.90

30.30

107.15

118.50

140.95

20.03.93

260.30

156.05

64.90

30.30

107.15

118.50

141.35

20.09.93

263.70

158.10

64.90

30.30

107.15

118.50

143.20

01.01.94

263.70

158.10

66.15

30.90

109.20

120.75

143.20

20.03.94

265.30

159.05

66.15

30.90

109.20

120.75

147.05

20.09.94

(i)134.10

160.80

66.15

30.90

109.20

120.75

148.65

01.01.95

134.10

160.80

(j)67.15

(j)31.45

(j)111.05

122.80

148.65

20.03.95

136.00

163.05

67.25

31.45

111.05

122.80

150.75

20.09.95

140.10

167.95

67.25

31.45

111.05

122.80

155.25

01.01.96

140.10

167.95

70.30

32.87

116.05

128.35

155.25

20.03.96

142.90

171.30

70.30

32.87

116.05

128.35

158.35

20.09.96

144.45

173.20

70.30

32.87

116.05

128.35

160.10

01.01.97

144.45

173.20

72.50

(k)

119.65

132.35

160.10

20.03.97

145.05

173.90

72.50

 

119.65

132.35

160.75

01.01.98

145.05

173.90

72.70

 

120.00

132.75

160.75

Maximum rates of Newstart Allowance, Sickness Allowance, Youth Allowance, Special Benefit(a), Mature Age Allowance, Partner Allowance and Widow Allowance, from 1998  

Partnered, 21+

Single 21+,
with
dependants

Youth Allowance (aged under 21(l))

Single 21+,
no dependants

At home,
 aged 16–17

At home,
 aged 18+

Away from
 home

$ per fortnight

01.07.98

290.10

347.80

145.40

174.80

265.50

321.50

20.09.98

291.80

349.90

145.40

174.80

265.50

323.40

01.01.99

291.80

349.90

146.40

176.00

267.40

323.40

20.03.99

293.80

352.30

146.40

176.00

267.40

325.70

20.09.99

294.70

353.40

146.40

176.00

267.40

326 70

01.01.00

294.70

353.40

148.00

177.90

270.30

326 70

20.03.00

299.10

358.70

148.00

177.90

270.30

331.60

01.07.00

311.10

373.00

153.90

185.00

281.10

344.90

20.09.00

316.40

379.30

153.90

185.00

281.10

350.80

01.01.01

316.40

379.30

158.80

190.90

290.10

350.80

20.03.01

322.80

386.90

158.80

190.90

290.10

357.80

20.09.01

328.90

394.30

158.80

190.90

290.10

364.60

01.01.02

328.90

394.30

165.10

198.60

301.70

364.60

20.03.02

332.80

399.00

165.10

198.60

301.70

369.00

20.09.02

338.10

405.40

165.10

198.60

301.70

374.90

01.01.03

338.10

405.40

169.70

204.20

310.70

374.90

20.03.03

342.80

411.10

169.70

204.20

310.10

380.10

20.09.03

347.30

416.40

169.70

204.20

310.10

385.00

01.01.04

347.30

416.40

174.30

209.70

318.50

385.00

20.03.04

351.10

421.00

174.30

209.70

318.50

389.20

20.09.04

356.00

426.90

174.30

207.70

318.50

394.60

01.01.05

356.00

426.90

178.70

214.90

326.50

394.60

20.03.05

360.30

432.00

178.70

214.90

326.50

399.30

20.09.05

365.00

437.60

178.70

214.90

326.50

404.50

01.01.06

365.00

437.60

183.20

220.30

334.70

404.50

20.03.06

370.50

444.20

183.20

220.30

334.70

410.60

20.09.06

379.80

455.30

183.20

220.30

334.70

420.90

01.01.07

379.80

455.30

190.50

229.10

348.10

420.90

20.03.07

382.80

458.90

190.50

229.10

348.10

424.30

20.09.07

387.80

464.90

190.50

229.10

348.10

429.80

01.01.08

387.80

464.90

194.50

233.90

355.40

429.80

20.03.08

394.40

472.80

194.50

233.90

355.40

437.10

20.09.08

405.40

486.00

194.50

233.90

355.40

449.30

01.01.09

405.40

486.00

203.30

244.40

371.40

449.30

20.03.09

409.00

490.40

203.30

244.40

371.40

453.30

20.09.09

411.50

493.30

203.30

244.40

371.40

456.00

01.01.10

411.50

493.30

206.30

248.10

377.00

456.00

20.03.10

417.70

500.70

206.30

248.10

377.00

462.80

20.09.10

424.00

508.20

206.30

248.10

377.00

469.70

01.01.11

424.00

508.20

212.70

255.80

388.70

469.70

20.03.11

428.70

513.80

212.70

255.80

388.70

474.90

20.09.11

439.40

526.60

212.70

255.80

388.70

486.80

01.01.12

439.40

526.60

220.40

265.00

402.70

486.80

20.03.12

442.00

529.80

220.40

265.00

402.70

489.70

20.09.12

447.70

533.00

220.40

265.00

402.70

492.60

(a) SpB payable at a rate not exceeding rate of UB/JSA/NSA/YA orSB/ SA that would have been paid had beneficiary qualified for one of these benefits.
(b) Rates prior to 1966 converted to dollars for consistency.
(c) Adults or married minors and unmarried minors with no parent in Australia.
(d) Single unemployment beneficiaries aged 16 to 17 years with dependants paid single 18 years and over with dependants rate. Those aged 16 to 17 years receiving benefit for 6 months or more received $50 per week.
(e) YHA introduced from July 1986. An additional $23.28 paid to eligible people, rising to $26.00 in 1988 and $27.85 in 1989.
(f) Maximum rate subject to parental income (and from September 1990, assets) test. Minimum rate applied where parental income or assets above the relevant limit.
(g) From this date married rate paid to couples aged under 21 years only when they had dependent children.
(h) An at-home rate of JSA of $69.20 introduced for those aged 18 to 20 years. The rate was $74.55 in 1991, $77.10 in 1992, $78.05 in 1993, $79.55 in 1994, $80.90 in 1995, $84.55 in 1996, $87.15 in 1997 and $87.40 in 1998.
(i) Payments for each partner in a couple introduced. PA paid to spouses not in the workforce.
(j) YTA replaced JSA for under 18 year olds.
(k) Minimum YTA rate abolished in 1997.
(l)Under 24 for students.

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