Changes to other payments if your main benefit goes up

When your main benefit increases, this may affect some of your other payments like Temporary Additional Support or Accommodation Supplement. It may also change the amount you need to pay for public housing or emergency housing.

Everyone’s situation is different so your payments could increase, decrease or stay the same. It will depend on things like your overall income, the type of payments you get, where you live and your other circumstances.

This page gives general information on how your other payments may change when your main benefit increases.

You can check your exact payments in MyMSD closer to the date your benefit increases.

  • Temporary Additional Support

    When your benefit goes up, your Temporary Additional Support payments may then go down.

    This is because Temporary Additional Support helps with the gap between your income and your essential living costs. If your income increases, the extra amount needed to meet your essential costs will be less.

    Not everyone will see a difference in their Temporary Additional Support – it will depend on your individual situation, costs and overall income.

  • Childcare Assistance

    When your benefit goes up, it may reduce your Childcare Assistance if your overall income rises over a certain threshold.

    That’s because the amount of Childcare Assistance you get depends on your income, including your benefit, wages, Child Support or other payments from the child’s other parent.

    Not everyone will see a difference in their Childcare Assistance when benefit rates increase – it will depend on your overall income.

    OSCAR Subsidy income thresholds and rates

    Childcare Subsidy income thresholds and rates

    Note that from 1 July 2021, we won’t consider payments such as Accommodation Supplement, Temporary Additional Support and Disability Allowance as income when we’re assessing how much Childcare Assistance you can get.

  • Accommodation Supplement

    If your overall income rises over a certain threshold when your benefit goes up, it may reduce your Accommodation Supplement – but it will depend on your individual situation.

    That’s because how much Accommodation Supplement you get depends on several things including:

    • your income
    • your assets
    • your accommodation costs
    • your family circumstances
    • where you live.
  • Rent for public housing

    If you live in public housing and your benefit or other income goes up, the rent you pay may also increase – but not right away.

    That’s because the rent you pay in public housing is based on your income and the income of your partner or other signed tenants (if any). Your income-related rent is usually no more than 25% of your income.

    For example: if your income is $320 a week, your income-related rent may be $80 a week. If your income went up to $340 a week, your rent could go up to $85 a week.

    Any change will happen after we next review your income-related rent and let your landlord know about it. Your landlord will be in touch with you to confirm the new amount and the date your rent will change.

  • Emergency housing contribution

    If your benefit or other income goes up, your emergency housing contribution will also increase the next time you apply for an Special Needs Grant for emergency housing,

    That’s because you need to pay 25% of your weekly income towards your accommodation costs when you stay in emergency housing for more than 7 nights.

    For example: if your weekly income is $400, your emergency housing contribution would be $100 each week. If your income went up to $440 a week, your emergency housing contribution would go up to $110 a week.

  • Disability Allowance

    Your Disability Allowance will not be affected when your benefit increases on 1 July 2021.

  • Child Disability Allowance

    Your Child Disability Allowance will not be affected when your benefit increases on 1 July 2021.