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188.8.131.52 Recoveries for Income Support Bonus
The Income Support Bonus paid by DHS ceased December 2016, with the last payment being September 2016.
Only one Income Support Bonus payment can be paid to a student or parent in relation to a test date (20 March or 20 September).
The following are examples of when a payment is recovered.
1. If both DVA and DHS paid the Income Support Bonus to a student or parent in relation to a test date, DHS would recover the additional payment.
2. If DVA pays two Income Support Bonuses by mistake to a student or parent in relation to a test date, DVA would recover the additional payment.
3. If a client provides fraudulent information to DVA in relation to their education allowance (on which the Income Support Bonus is paid) such as eligibility status or change of circumstances, DVA would recover the payment.
Income Support Bonus paid by DVA will not be used to recover other debts the client may have outstanding with DVA or DHS.