What is classed as a special BenefitĀ 

In Australia, a special benefit is a form of income support payment provided by the Australian government to individuals who are in financial need but do not qualify for other income support payments or allowances. It is considered a safety net payment available as a last resort for individuals facing exceptional and unforeseen circumstances.

Examples of situations that may be considered as compelling reasons for special benefit eligibility in Australia include:

  1. Newly arrived residents waiting for a decision on a permanent visa.
  2. People who have been granted refugee status but are not yet eligible for other payments.
  3. Individuals who have experienced domestic violence or are in situations where it is unsafe for them to claim other payments.
  4. People with extraordinary medical or disability-related expenses that are not adequately covered by other programs.
  5. Individuals who are appealing a decision regarding another income support payment.

It’s important to note that the eligibility criteria and specific circumstances for special benefit payments can change over time. For accurate and up-to-date information on special benefit eligibility and payment rates in Australia, it is advisable to visit the official website of Services Australia or contact their offices directly.