Payment for one-off costs

If you apply for a payment for a one-off cost, there are income and cash asset limits that you have to meet.

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Your income will be assessed either weekly or yearly, depending on the kind of help you qualify for.

Part of the criteria to get a payment for a one-off cost (eg, food or dental treatment), is that it depends on:

  • how much you and your partner earn
  • any money or assets you and your partner have.

Your income will be assessed either weekly or yearly, depending on the kind of help you qualify for. These income limits usually apply:

Income limits

If you are: Weekly income before tax is less than Annual income before tax is less than
single, 16-17 years $508.54 $26,444.08
single, 18+ years $584.46 $30,391.92
married, civil union or de facto couple (with or without children) $848.92 $44,143.84
sole parent (1 child) $709.22 $36,879.44
sole parent (2+ children) $747.20 $38,854.40

Asset limits

These don't include what you need for day-to-day living, eg your home or your car. They do include money in the bank, or things like a caravan or a second property.

If you are: Your assets are worth less than
single $1,113.36
married, civil union or de facto couple (with or without children) or sole parent $1,855.15