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ABSTUDY and DAFF Income Support Payments Reduced to Nil Rate
DFISA-like payment regulations
The Veterans' Entitlements (DFISA-like Payment) Regulations 2005 provide that if a person's rate of ABSTUDY living allowance or DAFF income support payment is nil but they receive DFISA-like in respect of that payment:
- they are entitled to any benefits associated with the ABSTUDY living allowance or DAFF income support payment, and
- the person is subject to all of the obligations applicable to recipients of that payment, such as the obligation to notify Centrelink of changes to income.
The provision does not apply to people who have elected not to receive DFISA-like payments.
Please note that since 2014, the Department of Agriculture's Farm Household Allowance (FHA) paid by DHS does not include Adjusted Disability Pension in the FHA income test and thus there is no DFISA-like payment.
Impact on recipient obligations
A person whose rate of ABSTUDY or DAFF income support payment is nil but who receives a rate of DFISA-like in respect of that payment will be subject to the obligations applicable to their income support payment.
Entitlement to concessions and benefits
A person whose rate of ABSTUDY or DAFF income support payment is nil but who receives a rate of DFISA-like in respect of that payment will also be entitled to all additional benefits available to the recipient of that income support payment. These additional benefits include:
- concession cards available to recipients of the ABSTUDY living allowance,
- re-establishment grants for certain DAFF clients, and
- grants under the Training and Advice Scheme for recipients of DAFF.
The department that administers the primary payment administers these benefits.
Aboriginal study assistance scheme means:
- the ABSTUDY scheme, or
- the Aboriginal Overseas Study Assistance Scheme.
Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
The Defence Force Income Support Allowance-like (DFISA-like) payment is an ISP under regulations made under the Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986. DFISA-like payment may be payable to a person whose:
- income support payment administered by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF), or
- living allowance made under ABSTUDY
is reduced or not payable because of adjusted disability pension ADP.
Centrelink is a Government service delivery agency responsible for delivering a range of Commonwealth Government services (including social security pensions and allowances) to the Australian community through a network of more than 400 Centrelink offices.
Section 118NA of the VEA defines adjusted disability pension as:
- disability pension paid under Parts II or IV of the Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986 (VEA); and
- permanent impairment payments and special rate disability pension paid under the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004.
Adjusted disability pension does not include war widow's/widower's pension, or payments made by other governments to compensate for war or service related injuries.