# 5.5.1.60 Couple, 1 child under 13 years, separated due to ill health

## Method used prior to 20 September 2009

This example shows the basic rate calculation using Pension Rate Calculator A. The couple has a combined rate of ordinary income (1.1.O.30) of \$11,000.00 a year. For pension assessment purposes, income is split equally between each member of a couple.

The following table shows the steps involved in the basic rate calculation. The rates used applied at 20 September 2000. Current rates can be found in the A guide to Australian Government payments booklet on the Services Australila website.

Step Action Partner 1 \$ Partner 2 \$
1

Determine the maximum payment rate:

• Locate the MBR in Module B*

RESULT: MAXIMUM BASIC RATE

10,246.60

145.60

10,392.20

10,246.60

145.60

10,392.20

2

Determine the income reduction using Module E:

• Annual ordinary income
• Less child additional free area
• Less ordinary income free area limit

RESULT: ORDINARY INCOME EXCESS

5,500.00

319.80

2,444.00

2,736.20

5,500.00

319.80

2,444.00

2,736.20

3

Determine 40% of the ordinary income excess

RESULT: TOTAL INCOME DEDUCTION

1,094.48

1,094.48

4

Subtract the total income deduction from the maximum payment rate:

• Maximum payment rate
• Less total income deduction

RESULT: INCOME REDUCED RATE

10,392.20

1,094.48

9,297.72

10,392.20

1,094.48

9,297.72

5

Divide the income reduced rate by 26

RESULT: FORTNIGHTLY PAYMENT RATE

357.60

357.60

*The figures in Module B are modified by the factors in Module BA - Amount of Pension Supplement.

Act reference: SSAct section 1064(1) Rate of age and disability support pensions and CP (people who are not blind)

SS(Admin)Act section 54 Rounding off instalments of social security payments

Last reviewed: 20 March 2020