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 188.8.131.52 for the meaning of rent). The contribution is the part of the rent (within the rent ceiling) that the member pays without Commonwealth assistance.
The fortnightly rate the member must pay is worked out using this table.
|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.
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.
The member has a live-in carer who has been recognised as a dependant under subsection 184.108.40.206.
The member would be classified as a member without dependants if they did not have a dependant recognised under subsection 220.127.116.11.
See: Chapter 1 Part 3 Division 2 section 1.3.87, CDF-recognised dependants
This section applies to a member who meets all of the following conditions.
The member is posted to the Puckapunyal Military Area.
The member is participating in the Puckapunyal housing trial under section 7.1.16A.
The member has rental accommodation within the extended posting location before the extended posting location is approved.
The member is not receiving rent allowance for the accommodation specified under paragraph c.
The fortnightly contribution rate the member must pay is the amount set out for their rank group and circumstances under Annex 7.D Part 1.
Commencing on the day that the extension of the posting location is approved under subsection 18.104.22.168.
Ending on the earlier of the following dates.
At the end of the member's posting.
The day the member leaves the rental property.
If the member leaves the Puckapunyal housing trial before the end of their posting and elects to move within the Puckapunyal posting location, the member may be eligible for rent allowance for the remainder of the posting.
A member without dependants is exempted from the requirement to contribute to their rent during periods set out in the following table.
|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.
||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.