3.8.1.120 Examples of Assessment - RA Sharers Provisions

Examples of assessment

This topic outlines a number of scenarios for different types of accommodation, and whether or not the RA recipient would be assessed as a sharer. The following types of accommodation are covered:

  • flat/apartment/house,
  • board and lodging in private homes,
  • refuge, short term emergency accommodation, youth hostel or similar,
  • private hotel/hostel/boarding style accommodation,
  • nursing home or aged care,
  • retirement village/home,
  • government housing.
  • granny flat, and
  • caravan, mobile home or boat.

Policy reference: SS Guide 3.8.1.110 Sharers Provisions for RA

Flat/apartment/house

Scenario Is the RA recipient a sharer?
A single recipient who shares one or more major areas of accommodation with one or more other people including wage earners or other Centrelink recipients or other non-dependent family members. Yes

Board & lodging in private homes

Scenario Is the RA recipient a sharer?
Single recipient living in a privately owned house who has the right to receive regular meals as part of their accommodation arrangements as a 'boarder and lodger'. No
Single recipient living in the same situation as described above who shares a major area of accommodation with others as a lodger but does not receive meals on a regular basis as part of their accommodation costs. Yes

Policy reference: SS Guide 3.8.1.70 Board & Lodging for RA

Refuge, short term emergency accommodation, youth hostel or similar

Scenario Is the RA recipient a sharer?
Single recipient residing in a refuge/hostel where the refuge/hostel provides regular meals as part of their accommodation arrangements. No
Single recipient residing in a refuge/hostel where the recipient shares a major area of accommodation with others but does not receive meals on a regular basis as part of their accommodation costs.

No

Explanation: They live in exempt accommodation (1.1.E.168).

Private hotel/hostel/boarding style accommodation

Scenario Is the RA recipient a sharer?

A single recipient residing in a private hotel and using communal facilities.

Example: Sharing a communal bathroom.

No

Explanation: They live in exempt accommodation.

Nursing home or aged hostel

Scenario Is the RA recipient a sharer?
A single recipient residing in a nursing home or aged care hostel who uses some communal facilities. No

Policy reference: SS Guide 3.8.1.60 Payments That May be Treated as Rent

Retirement village/home

Scenario Is the RA recipient a sharer?
A single recipient residing in a self-contained unit in a retirement village/home who may use communal facilities. No
Two or more single people residing in a self-contained unit and sharing a major area of accommodation. Yes

Policy reference: SS Guide 3.8.1.102 Special RA Rules for People in Accommodation for Older People (Life Interest Rules)

Government housing

Scenario Is the RA recipient a sharer?
A single recipient who sub-lets a room in an SHA house, flat or apartment, who shares at least one major area of accommodation. Yes

Policy reference: SS Guide 3.8.1.80 Government Rent & RA

Granny flat

Scenario Is the RA recipient a sharer?

A single recipient in a granny flat attached or detached from the house and:

  • not using a major area of accommodation in the house, or
No
  • using a major area of accommodation in the house, or
Yes
  • living with one or more other people in the granny flat.
Yes

Policy reference: SS Guide 3.8.1.102 Special RA Rules for People in Accommodation for Older People (Life Interest Rules)

Caravan, mobile home or boat

Scenario Is the RA recipient a sharer?

A single recipient in a caravan, mobile home or boat who is:

  • using the park or marina's communal facilities or where located in a backyard or similar, not using a major area of accommodation in the house, or
No
  • using a major area of accommodation in the house, or
Yes
  • living with one or more other people in the same caravan in a caravan park, or one or more people in the same boat.
Yes
Last reviewed: 21 March 2016