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Division 3: Contributions

7.8.17 Contribution for rented home

  1. Subject to this Division, a member who gets rent allowance must pay a contribution toward the cost of the rent.

    Exception 1: A member with dependants (unaccompanied) only has to pay a rent contribution if their dependants live in a home for which rent allowance is payable. The member does not have to pay a rent contribution for a home the member lives in at the gaining location.

    Exception 2: A member without dependants does not have to pay a rent contribution in the situations specified in section 7.8.18.

    Note: The member is responsible for paying the full rent direct to the landlord or agent. The Commonwealth pays the member their fortnightly rent allowance, which is the difference between the member's rent contribution and their rent (see subsection 7.8.19.1 for the meaning of rent). The contribution is the part of the rent (within the rent ceiling) that the member pays without Commonwealth assistance.

    See:
    Division 4 section 7.8.19, Working out rent allowance
    Annex 7.G, Example of how rent allowance works

  2. 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.
  3. 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.

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



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