More support for low-income families
Families with children are getting more support from 1 April 2016.
Our focus is on helping our clients towards independence.
Benefit and Student Allowance rates for families with dependent children are increasing by $25 a week. As well, additional Childcare Assistance is available so parents can work or take up education or training.
What the changes mean
The exact amount a client receives will depend on any other allowances they get such as Accommodation Supplement or Temporary Additional Support.
- Low-income families are eligible for a higher rate of Childcare Assistance ($5 an hour) for pre-school and out-of-school care.
- Clients on Sole Parent Support now need to reapply for their benefit every year.
- Sole parents, and partners of beneficiaries, are expected to look for part-time work when their youngest child turns three.
- Part-time work is now, generally, defined as 20 hours per week. We are flexible and always take clients’ circumstances into account when asking them to accept work.
These changes will affect more than 100,000 clients and over 180,000 children and will help us to support clients into work, education or training.
Working for Families tax credits
There are also increases to the in-work tax credit and the minimum family tax credit to support low-income working families.
To find out more about Working for Families tax credits go to: