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 126.96.36.199 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.