Income and asset limits for Unemployment Benefit, Job Search Allowance, Newstart Allowance, Sickness Benefit, Sickness Allowance, Youth Training Allowance, Youth Allowance, Mature Age Allowance and Widow Allowance, from 1945

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Date of effect

Income before benefit reduced under income test

Assets allowed before no benefit payable

Homeowner

Non-homeowner

Couple

Single

Couple

Single

($ per week)(a)

(value $)

Single, aged 21+ or partnered

Single,
aged 16–20

01.07.45

2.00

(b)1.50

17.10.57

4.00

2.00

27.09.69

6.00

3.00

01.11.80

(c)6.00

(d)3.00

All recipients

01.11.82

10.00

01.03.84

20.00

01.05.86

30.00

 

($ per fortnight)

 

 

 

 

13.12.87

60.00

118 500

83 250

178 500

143 250

23.06.88

60.00

127 000

89 250

191 000

153 250

22.06.89

60.00

137 000

96 000

205 500

164 500

21.06.90

60.00

147 500

103 500

221 500

177 500

20.09.90

(e)60.00

147 500

103 500

221 500

177 500

01.06.91

(e)60.00

157 500

110 750

137 000

190 250

01.07.92

(e)60.00

160 000

112 500

240 500

193 000

01.07.93

(e)60.00

160 500

112 750

241 000

193 250

20.09.93

 

(f)60.00

160 500

112 750

241 000

193 250

01.07.94

(f)60.00

163 500

115 000

245 500

197 000

01.07.95

60.00

167 500

118 000

251 500

202 000

01.07.96

60.00

176 000

124 000

264 500

212 500

01.07.97

60.00

178 500

125 750

268 500

215 750

01.07.98

60.00

178 500

125 750

268 500

215 750

01.07.99

60.00

181 500

127 750

273 000

219 250

01.07.00

62.00

189 500

133 250

285 000

228 750

01.07.01

62.00

200 500

141 000

301 500

242 000

01.07.02

62.00

206 500

145 250

311 000

249 750

01.07.03

62.00

212 500

149 500

320 500

257 500

01.07.04

62.00

217 500

153 000

328 500

263 500

01.07.05

62.00

223 000

157 000

336 500

270 500

 

($ per fortnight)

(value $)

01.07.06

62.00

229 000

161 500

346 000

278 500

01.07.07

62.00

236 500

166 750

357 500

287 750

01.07.08

62.00

243 500

171 750

368 000

296 250

01.07.09

62.00

252 500

178 000

381 500

307 000

01.07.10

62.00

258 000

181 750

389 500

313 250

01.07.11

62.00

265 000

186 750

400 000

321 750

01.07.12

62.00

273 000

192 500

412 500

332 000

 

(a) Income limits prior to 1966 converted to dollars for consistency.
(b) 50 cents for 16-year-olds and $1.00 for 17-year-olds.
(c) Also for those aged 18 to 20 years.
(d) Only for those aged under 18 years.
(e) Partnered rate beneficiaries could earn an additional $30 pf each from wages or salaries.
(f) Single rate beneficiaries could earn an additional $30 pf from wages or salaries. Partnered rate beneficiaries could earn an additional $50 each pf from wages or salaries.

 

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