Main benefits will rise by $25 per week from 1 April 2020.
From 1 July 2020, working families with children who don’t receive a main benefit and have some employment income each week won’t have to satisfy the hours test to receive the In Work Tax Credit (previously a minimum of 20 hours a week for sole parents and 30 hours a week for couples with children). These are introduced as permanent changes.
As a temporary measure, the Winter Energy Payment to superannuitants and beneficiaries will double in 2020, beginning on 1 May 2020. This means $40.91/week for single people and $63.64/ week for couples or people with dependents.