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Part 8: Rent allowance

7.8.1 Overview

This Part sets out the principles for giving rent allowance, who can get it and how to apply for it. It also explains how to work out the member's contribution toward the cost of the rented home.

7.8.2 Purpose

Rent allowance is a form of housing assistance paid to a member who rents a home to live in. It supports a member who is eligible for housing assistance to occupy a suitable home in the private rental sector.

7.8.3 Definitions

This table sets out definitions of terms used in this Part.

Term Definition in this Part
Contribution The fortnightly amount the member has to pay toward their rent. It depends on their rank and circumstances.The contribution is the part of the rent that the member must pay for without Commonwealth assistance.
See: Annex 7.G, Example of how rent allowance works
Lessor The person or body who rents or leases property to a member, sometimes called a "landlord".
Number of residents The number of people living in the home.
Sub-lease rent The amount of income the member gets as rent for any part of the rental property that is sub-let.
Example: Money made by sub-letting a downstairs flat or a spare bedroom to a boarder.

7.8.4 Contents

This Part includes the following Divisions.

Division 1 Member eligible for rent allowance

Division 2 Rent ceilings

Division 3 Contributions

Division 4 How rent allowance is worked out

Division 5 Events that will end or limit benefit

Division 6 Advances and repayments

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

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