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# 5.5.2.10 Single person 22 years & over, no dependents, income over \$300 per fortnight

## Summary

This topic shows the basic rate calculation using Benefit Rate Calculator B. The recipient has income of \$360.00 per fortnight from investments and is in private rental accommodation (not shared).

The following table shows the steps involved in the basic rate calculation. The rates and income test parameters used applied at 20 March 2024 and are shown in dollars per fortnight. Current rates can be found in the A guide to Australian Government payments booklet on the Services Australia website.

Step Action \$
1 Determine recipient's ordinary income (1.1.O.30) 360.00
2

Apply the personal income test to this amount:

1. For income between \$150.00 and \$256.00, multiply by 0.5
= (\$256.00 − \$150.00) × 0.5
= \$106.00 × 0.5
= \$53.00
2. For income above \$256.00, multiply by 0.6
= (\$360.00 − \$256.00) × 0.6
= \$104.00 × 0.6
= \$62.40
= \$53.00 + \$62.40
= \$115.40

RESULT: INCOME REDUCTION

53.00

62.40

115.40

3

Determine the maximum payment rate:

• Locate the maximum single rate
• Add the applicable rate of RA
• Add the applicable rate of ES

RESULT: MAXIMUM PAYMENT RATE

762.70
188.20
8.80

959.70

4

Subtract the income reduction from the maximum payment rate:

• Maximum payment rate
• Income reduction

RESULT: RATE OF ALLOWANCE

959.70
115.40

844.30

Note: For recipients of age pension age, the pension supplement will be added to the maximum payment rate determined at step 3.

Note: Recipients aged 55 years or older that have been in receipt of payment for 9 continuous months may be eligible for a higher rate than the maximum payment rate determined at step 3.

Note: If the recipient is eligible for any other rate add-ons, for example, PhA, APWS, these amounts will be added to the maximum payment rate determined at step 3.

Policy reference: SS Guide 3.12.1 Pension supplement - qualification & payability, 5.1.9.10 Pension supplement - current rates, 5.1.8.20 Common benefit rates, 3.8.1 RA – qualification & payability, 5.1.7.10 RA - current rates, 3.15.2 ES - qualification & payability, 5.1.10.20 ES - current rates

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