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Division 1: Member eligible for rent allowance

7.8.5 Member eligible and period of eligibility

  1. A member is eligible for rent allowance if they or their dependants (if any) cannot find suitable accommodation during the period set out in this table.

    Exception: This section does not apply to a member who has a suitable own home in the location.

    See:
    Part 1 Division 3 section 7.1.17, for the definition of suitable accommodation
    Part 4 Division 2 section 7.4.8, Member required to live in
    Division 4 section 7.8.24, Allowance and contribution for dependant who is also a member

    Rent allowance
    Item If the member... they can get rent allowance from... until...
    Member with dependants
    1. has an own home at their posting location which is only unsuitable under Part 2 Division 3 because it is rented out
    See: Part 2 Division 1 section 7.2.5 for the definition of suitable own home
    the first day of their posting the day they get vacant possession of their home.
    See: Part 2 Division 3
    2. does not have a suitable own home in the posting location the day they or their dependants (if any) cannot get suitable accommodation at the location the earliest of these dates.
    1. The end of their posting.
    2. The day they move into other suitable accommodation.
    Member without dependants or member with dependants (unaccompanied)
    3. has an own home at their posting location which is only unsuitable under Part 2 Division 3 because it is rented out
    See: Part 2 Division 1 section 7.2.5 for the definition of suitable own home
    the first day of their posting the day they get vacant possession of their home.
    Exception: A member with dependants (unaccompanied) does not have to occupy a suitable own home.
    See: Part 2 Division 3
    4. does not have a suitable own home in the posting location the first day in their posting location if they are not required to live-in the earliest of these dates.
    1. The end of their posting.
    2. The day they move into other suitable accommodation.
    Exception: This item does not apply to a member with dependants (unaccompanied).
    5. is a member with dependants (unaccompanied) to whom an exception in item 3 or 4 applies the day they cannot get suitable accommodation at the location where they are serving the earliest of these dates.
    1. The end of their posting.
    2. The day they move into other suitable accommodation.
    6. is a member with dependants (unaccompanied) to whom an exception in item 3 or 4 applies the day their dependants cannot get suitable accommodation at the location where they are serving the earliest of these dates.
    1. The end of their posting.
    2. The day they move into other suitable accommodation.
    Member with dependants (unaccompanied)
    7. meets both the following conditions
    1. The member is deployed.
    2. The member's dependants are approved to move to a personal location before the member's deployment for family support.
    as described in whichever of items 3, 4 or 6 applies to the member.Rent allowance is provided for accommodation at the personal location for the member's dependants.
    Related information: Paragraph 7.8.6.5.b, Member not eligible. This paragraph provides that rent allowance is not paid on the member's return if dependants elect to stay in the personal location.
    8. meets all the following conditions
    1. The member was deployed for six months or more.
    2. The member's dependants were approved to move to a personal location before the member's deployment for family support.
    3. The member returns from deployment.
    4. The member has less than six months to serve in their posting location after their return from the deployment.
    as described in whichever of items 3, 4 or 6 applies to the member.Rent allowance is provided for accommodation at the personal location for the member's dependants.
    Related information: Paragraph 7.8.6.5.b, Member not eligible. This paragraph provides that rent allowance is not paid on the member's return in some circumstances.
  2. A member with dependants may continue to get rent allowance if both these conditions are met.

    1. They or their dependants (if any) reject an offer of a Service residence that is a suitable home from the Defence Housing Australia.

    2. Within one month of that offer, the rejected Service residence can be allocated to another member as a suitable home.

  3. A member's suitable accommodation might become unsuitable during their posting. Eligibility for rent allowance begins on the day it becomes unsuitable.

    Example: A member lives in a Service residence that becomes unsuitable when they have a baby. The bedroom benefit increases. There is no larger Service residence available within six weeks. The member can get rent allowance to rent a house big enough for their larger family.

    See: Part 1 Division 3 section 7.1.17, for the definition of suitable accommodation.

7.8.6 Member not eligible

  1. A member is not eligible for rent allowance if they cannot find suitable accommodation because of their own action or failure to act.

    Example 1: The member damaged previous rental accommodation or failed to pay rent.

    Example 2: The member failed to notify the Housing Management Centre Manager that they require housing at the posting location.

  2. A member is not eligible for rent allowance at their posting location if both these conditions apply.

    1. Defence Housing Australia offers them a suitable Service residence. They reject it. The CDF does not consider the reasons to be acceptable under Part 6 Division 7 section 7.6.33 or 7.6.34.

    2. Defence Housing Australia cannot offer the Service residence to another member as a suitable home within one month of the offer to the member.

  3. A member covered by subsection 2 cannot get rent allowance while they stay in the same posting location. This does not change even if they have repeat postings within the location.

  4. A member is not eligible for rent allowance if they and their dependants must live in a rental property for either of these reasons.

    1. They have voluntarily moved out of a Service residence.

    2. They must move out of a Service residence as a direct result of their own actions.

    Example: A member has been evicted from their Service residence because they have breached their tenancy agreement.

  5. A member is not eligible for rent allowance for accommodation for dependants in any of the following situations.

    1. Both the following conditions are met.

      1. The member and dependants lived together.

      2. The dependants move to a personal location for which removal benefits are not provided.

    2. All the following apply.

      1. A deployed member's dependants are granted a removal to a personal location for family support.

      2. On the member's return from the deployment dependants elect to remain in the personal location.

      3. The member has six months or more to serve in their current posting location after their return from the deployment.

    3. All the following apply.

      1. A deployed member's dependants are granted a removal to a personal location for family support.

      2. The member had less than six months to serve in their posting location after their return from the deployment.

      3. The member is posted to a new location.

      4. On the member's posting to the new location the dependants elect to remain in the personal location.

    4. Both the following apply.

      1. A deployed member's dependants are granted a removal to a personal location for family support.

      2. The member keeps their rent allowance residence in their pre-deployment location.

7.8.7 How to apply for rent allowance

A member must apply in writing for rent allowance to the Defence Housing Australia.

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



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