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4.2.7 DRA income test


This topic describes the income test for DRA. The test is used in determining the qualification for DRA.

Act reference: SSAct section 1061KC Rate of DRA

Policy reference: SS Guide Determining the rate of DRA

Income test for a DRA claimant

A person's DRA payment rate will be nil if their disaster affected income multiplied by 26 is greater than a certain amount (the 'income cut-off amount').

The income cut-off amount is the average weekly ordinary earnings for a full-time working adult in Australia (according to the ABS) multiplied by 52. As at 17 August 2023, the average weekly ordinary earnings is $1,838.60. The income cut-off amount is $95,607.20.

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