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. Continuation, variation or termination of RA


RA is a supplementary payment added to a social security pension, benefit or allowance, or FTB Part A. The rate of RA paid may change and in some circumstances the payment will be cancelled.

Continuation of RA

Ongoing payment of RA depends on the person being qualified for a social security payment or more than base rate of FTB Part A and paying private rent of an amount equal to or above the applicable threshold.

Variation of RA

The rate of RA paid to a person can change and can occur as a result of:

  • a change in the amount of rent paid
  • a change in marital status, or other family circumstances
  • in the case of single recipients, whether the sharers provisions apply, or
  • a change in the RA thresholds and/or rates (Note: In March and September the rent thresholds and maximum rates are indexed to reflect changes in the CPI.)

Policy reference: SS Guide RA - verification required, Special RA rules for couples & families with children, Sharers provisions for RA, RA - current rates, 8.6 Date of effect of determinations

FA Guide Change in non-income related circumstances

Termination of RA

RA ceases to be paid when a person no longer qualifies for RA or the payment it is paid with. RA can also be cancelled when an RA recipient does not respond to a request from Services Australia (Centrelink) for information about their accommodation circumstances (this includes a general request for verification of rent) within 14 days of the request. A request for information may follow a:

  • change of address
  • rent update
  • change in marital status, or
  • review of the person's payment initiated by Services Australia (Centrelink).

RA can be restored and arrears paid when the required information is provided however this depends on whether the person remains qualified for the payment, whether there are any changes to their circumstances and when the information is provided.

Act reference: SS(Admin)Act section 68(2) The Secretary may give a person to whom this subsection applies a notice …, section 81A Rate reduction determination for non-compliance with notice relating to RA, section 85A Rate increase determination following rate reduction for non-compliance with notice relating to RA, Part 3 Division 9 Subdivision B—Determinations under section 78, 81A, 85, 85AA or 85A

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