For the purposes of RA, rent means amounts paid or payable on a regular basis by a RA applicant or recipient, or their partner, as a condition of occupying their principal home (section 11A(1)). Rent includes amounts paid for:
Amounts are considered to be paid on a regular basis where they are paid at least quarterly. Some income support recipients who pay rent on a less regular basis can also receive RA.
Example: Amounts for the following are considered to be paid on a regular basis if they are paid at least annually:
Act reference: SSAct section 11A(1) Principal home, section 13(2) Amounts are rent..., section 13(9) For the purposes of this Act, unless the contrary intention appears...
Policy reference: SS Guide 3.8.1 RA - Qualification & Payability
Last reviewed: 20 March 2013