This information is provided by the Australian Government.
You may get part of your income support payment or Family Tax Benefit (Part A) early.
This is an advance payment.
You pay it back later out of your payments.
Who can apply
You can apply for an advance after at least 3 months getting 1 of these payments:
You can apply for an advance at any time if you’re getting 1 of these payments:
What you can get
The amount depends on what kind of payment you get.
Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part A
If you get FTB Part A you can get 1 regular advance at a time. You can also ask for a one off advance at any time. But your advances can’t go over a total of $1,151.51.
For a regular advance, the amount you can get is 3.75% of the standard rate for 1 child under 13. We pay it to you every 26 weeks. We do this as long as you’re still eligible or until you ask us to stop.
For a one off advance the highest amount you can get is 7.5% of your annual rate. This includes add ons but not Family Tax Benefit Part A Supplement.
The highest advance you can get depends if it’s a one off advance or a regular advance.
You’re a blended family
If you’re a blended family the highest and lowest amounts you can get depend on your blended family percentage.
You’re still paying back another advance
If you’ve already got an advance from us that you’re still paying back, there’s a limit. It’s the most you would be eligible for minus the FTB advances you haven’t fully repaid.
Age Pension, Disability Support Pension or Carer Payment
In any 6 months or 13 fortnights you can only get either:
- 1 advance at the highest amount
- up to 2 advances of smaller amounts
- 3 advances at the lowest amount.
You can ask to have the amount paid all at once or in 2 instalments.
The lowest and highest amounts change along with pension amounts each March and September.
How to apply
The quickest way to apply online or with the Express Plus Centrelink mobile app.
For more details and to apply tap here.