The Guides to Social Policy Law is a collection of publications designed to assist decision makers administering social policy law. The information contained in this publication is intended only as a guide to relevant legislation/policy. The information is accurate as at the date listed at the bottom of the page, but may be subject to change. To discuss individual circumstances please contact Services Australia.

1.1.A.58 Adjacent land


This definition applies to all payments subject to assets testing provisions.


The term 'adjacent land' describes the land surrounding the principal home that is held under the same title document.

Act reference: SSAct section 11A Principal home definition for the purpose of the assets test

Policy reference: SS Guide Defining Title Document & Exceptions


The term adjacent land applies to land assessed:

  • under the private land use test, AND
  • from 1 January 2007, under the extended land use test, for age pensioners and CP recipients of age pension age.

Act reference: SSAct section 11A(1)(a) Principal home, section 11A(3) Private land use test, section 11A(6) Extended land use test

Policy reference: SS Guide 4.6.8 Assessing land adjacent to the principal home

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