What is a 'means tested' benefit?

Means testing is the term used to explain the process of detailed financial assessment. Some social security benefits (Centrelink) are considered to be means tested, while others are not. In order to be means tested you must undergo full financial assessment, including income and asset assessment.

After being means tested, Centrelink will determine which benefit(s) you may receive. For your information we have included a list of benefits from the Centrelink website.

The following information is current as at 20 September to 31 December 2013 and is subject to change. For the most recently published information and for further details about each benefit, please refer to the Centrelink website page Income/assets tests (opens new window).

The following Centrelink benefits are not means tested and cannot be used as evidence of financial disadvantage when applying for scholarships and grants:The following Centrelink benefits are means tested, and can be used as evidence of financial disadvantage when applying for scholarships and grants:
  • Assistance for Isolated Children Scheme
  • Baby Bonus
  • Carer Allowance (adult)
  • Carer Allowance (child)
  • Carer Supplement
  • Child Care Benefit
  • Child Care Rebate
  • Double Orphan Pension
  • Employment Entry Payment
  • Family Tax Benefit Part A
  • Family Tax Benefit Part B
  • Jobs Education and Training Child Care Fee Assistance
  • Maternity Immunisation Allowance
  • Mobility Allowance
  • Paid Parental Leave Scheme
  • Parental Leave Pay
  • Dad and Partner Pay
  • Pension  Bonus Scheme
  • Pensioner Education Supplement
  • Pharmaceutical Allowance
  • Remote Area Allowance
  • Seniors Concession Allowance
  • Schoolkids Bonus
  • Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme
  • Telephone Allowance
  • Utilities Allowance
  • Age Pension
  • Austudy
  • Bereavement Allowance
  • Carer Payment (adult)
  • Carer Payment (child)
  • Disability Support Pension
  • Mature Age Allowance
  • Newstart Allowance
  • Parenting Payment
  • Partner Allowance
  • Pension Bonus Bereavement Payment
  • Pension Bonus Scheme
  • Sickness Allowance
  • Special Benefit
  • Widow Allowance
  • Widow B Pension
  • Wife Pension
  • Youth Allowance






If you are not eligible for a Health Care Card or a means-tested Centrelink benefit, the Application for Scholarship Assessment Form (for current students) may be used as a means-test to assess your eligibility for a scholarship.

If you are not a current UniSA student, please fill out the UniSA Scholarship Assessment Form.