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5.5.1.70 Single person, no children, receiving RA

Method used prior to 20 September 2009

This example shows the basic rate calculation using Pension Rate Calculator A. The person has a rate of ordinary income (1.1.O.30) of $6,500.00 a year and pays annual rent of $3,900.

The following table shows the steps involved in the basic rate calculation. The rates used applied at 20 September 2000. Current rates can be found in the A guide to Australian Government payments booklet on the Services Australia website.

Step Action $
1

Determine the maximum payment rate:

  • Locate the MBR in Module B*
  • Add any RA (from table D)
  • Add any PhA

RESULT: MAXIMUM BASIC RATE

10,246.60

1,462.50

145.60

11,854.70

2

Determine the income reduction using Module E:

  • Annual ordinary income
  • Less ordinary income free area limit

RESULT: ORDINARY INCOME EXCESS

6,500.00

2,756.00

3,744.00

3

Determine 40% of the ordinary income excess

RESULT: TOTAL INCOME DEDUCTION

1,497.60

4

Subtract the total income deduction from the maximum payment rate:

  • Maximum payment rate
  • Less total income deduction

RESULT: INCOME REDUCED RATE

11,854.70

1,497.60

10,357.10

5

Divide the income reduced rate by 26

RESULT: FORTNIGHTLY PAYMENT RATE

398.35

*The figures in Module B are modified by the factors in Module BA - Amount of Pension Supplement.

Act reference: SSAct section 13(1)-'rent', section 1064(1) Rate of age and disability support pensions and CP (people who are not blind)

SS(Admin)Act section 54 Rounding off instalments of social security payments

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