1.1.S.150 Sharer (RA)
For the purposes of RA, a sharer is a single person without dependents who has the LEGAL RIGHT to share a bathroom, kitchen or bedroom with other people. In other words, they do not have the EXCLUSIVE right to use these areas.
A single person who has the exclusive right to use a bathroom, a kitchen and a bedroom is not to be treated as a sharer solely because they share other major areas of accommodation with other people.
Example: An income support recipient who has their own bedroom with ensuite, and exclusive use of a kitchen, is not a sharer simply because they have shared use of a common lounge area.
Note: There are several categories of people and accommodation types that are exempt from the sharers provisions. For details, refer to 126.96.36.199.
Act reference: SSAct section 5A(1) Single person sharing accommodation, section 5A(2) A person is not to be treated as a single person sharing accommodation …, section 5A(3) A person who has the exclusive right to use a bathroom, a kitchen and a bedroom …
Policy reference: SS Guide 188.8.131.52 Sharers provisions for RA