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Division 3: Contributions

7.8.17 Contribution for rented home

  1. Subject to subsection 1A and section 7.8.18, a member who gets rent allowance must pay a contribution toward the cost of the rent.

  2. 1A. A member with dependants (unaccompanied) must pay a contribution towards the cost of their rent for the following.

    1. A home for which rent allowance is payable that the member's dependants live in.

    2. If the member is on a flexible service determination for a rented home the member lives in at the gaining location.

    3. See: Section 7.8.18B, Member with dependants (unaccompanied) on a flexible service determination

  3. The fortnightly rate the member must pay is worked out using this table.

    Fortnightly rate
    Item If the member is a... and they are... then their rent contribution is the...
    1. member with dependants using a 2-bedroom rent ceiling amount set out for their rank group (if it applies) in Annex 7.D Part 1 column 3.
    using a 3-bedroom rent ceiling amount set out for their rank group (if it applies) in Annex 7.D Part 1 column 4.
    2. member without dependants not sharing amount set out for their rank group (if it applies) in Annex 7.D Part 2 column 2.
    sharing with one other person amount set out for their rank group (if it applies) in Annex 7.D Part 2 column 3.
    sharing with two or more people amount set out for their rank group (if it applies) in Annex 7.D Part 2 column 4.
    3. boarder boarding in a commercial establishment rate for a member sharing with two or more people.
    boarding in a private home applicable rate for the number of people who are sharing the home.
    Example: If two other people are sharing the home, then rate for sharing with two other people applies.
  4. A member who meets both of the following conditions pays the contribution rate for a member without dependants not sharing under table item 2. of subsection 2.

    1. The member has a live-in carer who has been recognised as a dependant under subsection 1.3.87.3.

    2. The member would be classified as a member without dependants if they did not have a dependant recognised under subsection 1.3.87.3.

      See: Chapter 1 Part 3 Division 2 section 1.3.87, CDF-recognised dependants

7.8.18 When rent contribution ceases for a member without dependants

A member without dependants is exempted from the requirement to contribute to their rent during periods set out in the following table.

Contribution ceases and recommences
Item If the member is... the contribution ceases on... and the contribution recommences...
1. living under field conditions the twenty-second day of a continuous period in which the member was living under those conditions.This applies even if the period after that day is broken by either or both of the following events.
  1. The member returns to their accommodation for up to seven days.
  2. The member takes up to seven days of leave.
after the period in which the member was living under those conditions is broken by more than seven days. The member must contribute for those seven days.
2. living on a seagoing ship
3. posted to a seagoing submarine the day the posting period starts the day the posting period ends.
4. on deployment the day they board a ship or aircraft for the journey from Australia to the operational area when they disembark in Australia at the cessation of their deployment.
Note: Contributions do not recommence for a member who returns part-way through their deployment, for example, while on leave. They only recommence at the cessation of their deployment.

7.8.18A Rent contribution for member on a flexible service determination

  1. This section applies to a member who meets all of the following conditions.

    1. The member is on a flexible service determination.

    2. Exception: A member on a flexible service determination who has an adult dependant who is also a member and that dependant is not on a flexible service determination. The contribution rate that the member must pay remains unchanged.

    3. The member is required to make a contribution for rent under section 7.8.17.

  2. Subject to subsection 3, a member pays the rate of contribution that applies to the member's circumstances under Annex 7.D for rented accommodation.

  3. The rate of contribution is 150% of the rate that would have been payable by the member under subsection 2 for the following periods.

    1. Unless subsection b applies, the period commencing on the 29th day of a continuous nonworking period and ending on the last day of the same nonworking period.

    2. Note: This applies to each nonworking period.

    3. The whole period of the member's flexible service determination if the total number of days that are the member's pattern of service in the member's flexible service determination are either of the following.

      1. If a period in a flexible service determination is one year — less than 130 days.

      2. If a period in a flexible service determination is part of a year — less than the number of days calculated using the following formula.

      3. Number of days = 130 times (FSD divided by 365)

        Where:

        FSD is the number days in the period of the member's flexible service determination that is less than one year.

  4. If the member's pattern of service changes for a reason specified in the flexible service determination and the member has an incomplete cycle, either of the following applies.

    1. If the member's contribution decreases, the member must be reimbursed the difference between the following two amounts.

      1. The contribution that the member has paid for the member's cycle.

      2. The contribution that the member would have paid for the member's incomplete cycle under the changed pattern of service.

    2. If the member's contribution increases, the member is not required to repay any amount to the Commonwealth for the incomplete cycle.

  5. If the member's flexible service determination is varied for Service reasons, the member will be reimbursed the difference between the following two amounts.

    1. The contribution amount that the member has paid during the period of the variation.

    2. The contribution rate that the member would have paid under Annex 7.D during the period of the variation.

7.8.18B Rent contribution for member with dependants (unaccompanied) on a flexible service determination

  1. This section applies to a member who meets all of the following conditions.

    1. The member is a member with dependants (unaccompanied).

    2. The member is on a flexible service determination.

    3. The member lives in a rented home at the gaining location.

  2. A member's may be required to pay a contribution if they meet one of the following conditions.

    1. The member has a nonworking period that exceeds 28 continuous days.

    2. The total number of days that are the member's pattern of service in the member's flexible service determination are either of the following.

      1. If a period in a flexible service determination is one year — less than 130 days.

      2. If a period in a flexible service determination is part of a year — less than the number of days calculated using the following formula.

      3. Number of days = 130 times (FSD divided by 365)

        Where:

        FSD is the number days in the period of the member's flexible service determination that is less than one year.

  3. If subsection 2 applies, the member must make a contribution towards their living in accommodation for each weekday in the member's nonworking period. The member's contribution is calculated as follows.

  4. Member's contribution = NWP times (C divided by 10)

    Where:

    NWP is the number of weekdays during the members nonworking period in the pay fortnight.

    C is 50% of the fortnightly contribution rate set for the member's rank and circumstances in Annex 7.D that would apply to the member if they were categorised as a member without dependants and not on a flexible service determination.

  5. If the member's pattern of service changes for a reason specified in the flexible service determination and the member has an incomplete cycle, either of the following applies.

    1. If the member's contribution decreases, the member must be reimbursed the difference between the following two amounts.

      1. The contribution that the member has paid for the member's cycle.

      2. The contribution that the member would have paid for the member's incomplete cycle under the changed pattern of service.

    2. If the member's contribution increases, the member is not required to repay any amount to the Commonwealth for the incomplete cycle.

  6. If the member's flexible service determination is varied for Service reasons, the member will be reimbursed the difference between the following two amounts.

    1. The contribution amount that the member has paid during the period of the variation.

    2. The contribution rate that the member would have paid under Annex 7.D during the period of the variation.

7.8.18C If a flexible service determination ends early

  1. This section applies to a member who meets both of the following criteria.

    1. The member pays a contribution for rented accommodation under either of the following sections.

      1. Section 7.8.18A, for a member on a flexible service determination.

      2. Section 7.8.18B, for a member with dependants (unaccompanied) on a flexible service determination.

    2. The member's flexible service determination ends before the end date specified in the flexible service determination.

  2. If the member has an incomplete cycle, the following table applies.

  3. Contribution for incomplete cycle
    Item If the contribution the member would have paid for the incomplete cycle is... and the flexible service determination was ended... then...
    1. higher than what the member has paid for the incomplete cycle on request from the member the member must pay to the Commonwealth the difference between the following two amounts.
    a. The contribution that the member has paid for the member's cycle.
    b. The contribution that the member should have paid for the member's incomplete cycle.
    2. less than what the member has paid for the incomplete cycle on request from the member the member must be reimbursed the difference between the following two amounts.
    a. The contribution that the member has paid for the member's cycle.
    b. The contribution that the member should have paid for the member's incomplete cycle.
    3. less than what the member has paid for the incomplete cycle for Service reasons or a reason set out in the flexible service determination
    4. higher than what the member has paid for the incomplete cycle for Service reasons or a reason set out in the flexible service determination the member is not required to pay any amount to the Commonwealth.

    See: Part 1 Division 3 section 7.1.14, for the definitions of incomplete cycle and member's cycle.

Application to Reservists: Yes, on continuous full-time service.



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