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Millions of Aussies to set see welfare payment bump

Eleanor Campbell NCA NewsWire
Welfare recipients will pocket more cash when indexation kicks in on March 20. Nicki Connolly/NCA NewsWire.
Camera IconWelfare recipients will pocket more cash when indexation kicks in on March 20. Nicki Connolly/NCA NewsWire. Credit: News Corp Australia

About five million Australians on social security payments will receive a cash boost when indexation kicks in later this month.

People on the age pension, disability support pension and carer payment will receive an extra $19.60 a fortnight for singles and $29.40 for couples every two weeks, starting March 20.

The maximum rate of pension will rise to $1,116.30 for singles and $1,682.80 for couples a fortnight.

Those receiving rent assistance, JobSeeker, single parenting payments and ABSTUDY will also see an increase in their payments.

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Social Security Minister Amanda Rishworth said the regular indexation is in addition to the government's boost to working age and student payments announced in last year’s budget.

“This increase, which took effect on 20 September 2023, also included the largest increase to maximum rates of Commonwealth Rent Assistance in 30 years,” she said.

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Camera IconSocial security payment rates are indexed on a regular basis to maintain their value over time. Dan Peled /NCA NewsWire Credit: News Corp Australia

At the end of the month, single JobSeeker recipients with no kids, and people aged over 22 on ABSTUDY, will pocket an extra $13.50 per fortnight.

The single parenting payment will also go up by $17.50 a fortnight, bringing total fortnightly payments to just over $1,000.

An extra 77,000 parents are now on a higher rate of payment after eligibility was expanded last year to cover parents with a youngest child under 14.

Each member of a couple will get an an additional $12.30 per fortnight.Ms Rishworth said the government’s “number one” priority was addressing inflation and cost-of-living pressures

“These challenges highlight the importance of regular indexation to ensure that payment recipients have more money in their pockets for everyday expenses,” she said.

The income and assets limits for the payments being increased on March 20 will also increase as a result of payment rates indexation.

Originally published as Millions of Aussies to set see welfare payment bump

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