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1.1.N.20 Near relative


This definition applies to all payments subject to assets testing.


A near relative is:

  • a member of the immediate family, or
  • an adopted child.

Act reference: SSAct section 23(14) For the purposes of this Act other than …

Policy reference: SS Guide 4.6 Assets

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