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Government benefits

Government payments may be available if you’re finding it hard to pay the bills or support your family. You can also get help if you’re out of work or have an illness or injury.

Help for families

See family payments and support for information on benefits including:

  • the baby bonus
  • childcare benefits
  • parenting payments
  • sickness allowance
  • Medicare
  • carer payments

Support for seniors

Age Pension

The Age Pension helps retired Australians pay for their living costs. The amount you get paid (if you are eligible) depends on your personal situation, including your income and assets.

Widow Allowance

The Widow Allowance helps women born before 1 July 1955, who do not work and have become widowed, divorced, or separated since they turned 40.

For students


Austudy payments are for people 25 years or older, who are studying an approved course full-time or doing a full-time apprenticeship.


ABSTUDY helps Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and apprentices pay for their living and tuition costs.

Youth Allowance

See if you are eligible for Youth Allowance. It helps young people who are:

  • studying full-time
  • in an apprenticeship or traineeship
  • looking for work
  • sick.

Help finding work

Newstart Allowance

Newstart Allowance is for unemployed people between 22 and Age Pension age. It can help you pay for study or training and other activities that might help you find work.

Last updated
30 April 2014
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