Do you qualify to receive the One-Off $250 cost-of-living payment

From today, people eligible for a $250 cost-of-living payment will start receiving the one-off bonus from the federal government available to people on certain Centrelink and Veterans Affairs payments and some concession card holders.

Eligible Centrelink payments:

  • ABSTUDY Living Allowance

  • Age Pension

  • Austudy

  • Carer Payment

  • Carer Allowance, but only if you're not getting another income support payment

  • Disability Support Pension

  • Double Orphan Pension

  • Farm Household Allowance

  • JobSeeker Payment

  • Parenting Payment

  • Special Benefit

  • Youth Allowance for students and Australian Apprentices

  • Youth Allowance for job seekers

Veterans Affairs payments:

  • Service Pension, Partner Service Pension, Income Support Supplement or Veteran Payment

  • Disability Compensation Payment (separate to the $6.20 fortnightly payment)

  • Special Rate Disability Pension

  • Permanent Impairment compensation (including lump sum payments taken in the past)

  • War Widow(er)'s Pension or Wholly Dependent Partner payment (including lump sum payments taken in the past)

  • Gold Cards, Commonwealth Seniors Health Cards and Pensioner Concession Cards

  • Age Pension paid by DVA

  • Education allowance under Veteran Children's Education Scheme or Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 Education and Training Scheme for recipients aged 16 and over

Concession cards:

  • Commonwealth Seniors Health Card

  • Pension Concession Card if you're not getting an income support payment

  • DVA Gold Cards

You have to have been residing in Australia on March 29 to qualify for the payment.

Payment will be made the same way as other Centrelink or Veterans’ Affairs payments. A letter will also be sent confirming the payment has been made.