Centrelink income test threshold lifted to give more Australians support during coronavirus pandemic

Australians seeking welfare because of the coronavirus pandemic can now receive support if their partner earns about $79,000 a year, up from $48,000.

Australians queue at Centrelink during covid-19 pandemic.

Australians queue at Centrelink during covid-19 pandemic. Source: AAP

Australians applying for welfare can now get support if their partner earns about $79,000, the prime minister has announced.

Scott Morrison says the government has boosted the threshold from about $48,000, which would allow more Australians to receive support during the coronavirus pandemic.

The change means an applicant's rate of welfare won't be affected unless their partner earns more than $79,762 a year.

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Published 30 March 2020 at 4:54pm, updated 30 March 2020 at 5:38pm