5.5.2.40 Single person under 22 years, no dependents, income $250 & under per fortnight

Summary

This topic shows the basic rate calculation using YA Calculator. The recipient is a job seeker under 22 years, living away from home, independent, in receipt of the maximum single rate of Commonwealth RA and has income per fortnight of:

  • $180.00, from employment, and
  • $10.00 from investments.

The following table shows the steps involved in the basic rate calculation. The rates and income test parameters used applied at 1 January 2020 and are shown in dollars per fortnight. Current rates can be found in the A guide to Australian Government payments booklet on the Services Australia website.

Step Action $
1

Determine recipient's ordinary income (1.1.O.30):

  • Assessable earned income
  • Add any other income
    = $180.00 + $10.00
    = $190.00

RESULT: RECIPIENT'S ORDINARY INCOME

 

180.00
10.00
190.00

2

Apply the personal income test to this amount:

  • For income between $143.00 and $250.00, multiply by 0.5
    = ($190.00 − $143.00) × 0.5
    = $47.00 × 0.5
    = $23.50

RESULT: INCOME REDUCTION

 

 

 

23.50

3

Determine the maximum payment rate:

  • Locate the maximum single rate
  • Add the rate of RA
  • Add the applicable rate of ES
    = $462.50 + $138.00 + $7.00
    = $607.50

RESULT: MAXIMUM PAYMENT RATE

 

462.50
138.00
7.00
607.50

4

Subtract the income reduction from the maximum payment rate:

  • Maximum payment rate
  • Income reduction
    = $607.50 - $23.50
    = $584.00

RESULT: RATE OF ALLOWANCE

 

607.50
23.50
584.00

Note: If the recipient is eligible for any other rate add-ons, e.g. PhA, APWS, these amounts will be added to the maximum payment rate determined at step 3.

Policy reference: SS Guide 3.15.2 ES - Qualification & Payability

Last reviewed: 2 January 2020