4.2.7 DRA income test

Summary

This topic describes the income test for DRA. The test is used in determining the qualification for DRA.

Act reference: SSAct section 1061KC Rate of DRA

Policy reference: SS Guide 3.7.6.20 Determining the rate of DRA

Income test for a DRA claimant

A person's DRA payment rate will be nil if their disaster affected income multiplied by 26 is greater than a certain amount (the 'income cut-off amount').

The income cut-off amount is the average weekly ordinary earnings for a full-time working adult in Australia (according to the ABS) multiplied by 52. As at 1 January 2020, the average weekly ordinary earnings is $1,633.80. The income cut-off amount is $84,957.60.

Last reviewed: 20 March 2020