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# 5.5.2.40 Single person aged under 22 years, no dependents, income \$250 & under per fortnight

## Summary

This topic shows the basic rate calculation using the YA Calculator. The recipient is a job seeker under 22 years, living away from home in shared housing, independent, in receipt of the maximum single sharer rate of Commonwealth RA and has income per fortnight of:

• \$180.00, from employment, and
• \$10.00 from investments.

The following table shows the steps involved in the basic rate calculation. The rates and income test parameters used apply from 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):

• Assessable employment income
= \$180.00 + \$10.00
= \$190.00

RESULT: RECIPIENT'S ORDINARY INCOME

180.00
10.00

190.00

2

Apply the personal income test to this amount:

• For income between \$150.00 and \$250.00, multiply by 0.5
= (\$190.00 − \$150.00) × 0.5
= \$40.00 × 0.5
= \$20.00

RESULT: INCOME REDUCTION

20.00

3

Determine the maximum payment rate:

• Locate the maximum single rate
• Add the maximum rate of RA for a single sharer
• Add the applicable rate of ES
= \$639.00 + \$125.47 + \$7.00
= \$771.47

RESULT: MAXIMUM PAYMENT RATE

639.00
125.47
7.00

771.47

4

Subtract the income reduction from the maximum payment rate:

• Maximum payment rate
• Less income reduction
= \$771.47 - \$20.00
= \$751.47

RESULT: RATE OF ALLOWANCE

771.47
20.00

751.47

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 3.15.2 ES - qualification & payability

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