Other Allowances

Other Centrelink concessions and payments:

Sickness Allowance

A short-term payment if you are employed or self-employed, but temporarily cannot work or study because of a medical condition. In some cases full-time students can also get Sickness Allowance. Link

Mobility Allowance

This travel allowance helps people aged 16 years and older who because of their disability, illness or injury, are unable to use public transport either permanently or for an extended period without substantial assistance to travel to and from work, study, school, trade/training. Link

Telephone Allowance

Available to Disability Support Pensioners under 21 who have a phone connected in their name or the person get other Centrelink allowances. The eligibility is provided at: Link

Pharmaceutical Allowance

This allowance helps with the cost of buying prescription medicines. Paid to eligible income support recipients with their regular fortnightly Centrelink payment (e.g. Disability Support Pension or other allowance). Link

Rent Assistance

Financial help to people who pay rent and receive a Centrelink payment such as the Disability Support Pension or other allowance. Link

Pensioner Education Supplement

Available to students on a Disability Pension or other allowances/benefits who are enrolled full-time or part-time in an approved secondary or tertiary education course. Link

Education Entry Payment

A once a year payment is available to people who are receiving specific income support payments from Centrelink when they start study. Link

Centrelink Newstart Allowance

The Newstart Allowance is an income support payment for adults looking for work or you are temporarily unable to work due to illness, injury or disability. At the time of updating this booklet, the allowance is for people aged 22 and over. Check the Centrelink website for up-to-date information.

Ph:       132850

Web:   Link

Newstart Seekers (seeking exemptions for mutual obligations requirements/job seeker obligations)

 When you’re a job seeker on Newstart you are required to meet mutual obligations to receive regular payment (i.e. look for a certain amount of jobs every fortnight. There are however, circumstances where you are given an exemption from the mutual obligations. Please see the below link for more information: Link