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 RAA


The following table lists the circumstances in which payment of RAA may change.

Payment of RAA is … if …


  • the recipient permanently leaves the RAA remote area (1.1.R.150).


  • the recipient is absent from their usual place of residence for MORE than 8 weeks.


  • the recipient's FTB or regular care (RC) child is overseas
  • the recipient's FTB or RC child or partner (1.1.P.85) dies, or
  • the recipient permanently separates from their partner.

Policy reference: SS Guide Qualification for RAA, Payability of RAA

FA Guide FTB child, 1.1.R.21 Regular care child

Death of a recipient

RAA can be paid as part of a LBP.

Policy reference: SS Guide 3.1.5 Bereavement payment provisions


RAA is reviewed when a change in the recipient's circumstances may affect their:

  • qualification for RAA, OR
  • payability of RAA, OR
  • rate of RAA.

RAA qualification is also reviewed if a recipient's qualification for RAA could NOT be determined at the time of lodging a claim.

Explanation: The purpose of the review is to determine whether the recipient now qualifies for RAA.

Policy reference: SS Guide 6.2.7 Supplementary benefits reviews

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