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5.5.4.40 PPP, compensation effect on partner

Summary

This topic shows the rate calculation for a PPP (1.1.P.50) recipient under age pension age, whose partner is not a pensioner, receiving JSP, using the PPP Rate Calculator. The partner receives compensation of $16,120 per annum ($620.00 per fortnight) and was not receiving income support when they suffered the compensable injury. Compensation recipient is qualified for an allowance which is a CAP but is not receiving that payment due to their compensation. The PPP recipient also has other income of $300.00 per fortnight.

The following table shows the steps involved in the basic rate calculation. The rates used applied at 20 September 2022 and are shown in dollars per fortnight (pf). Current rates can be found in the A guide to Australian Government payments booklet on the Services Australia website.

Step Action Rate ($ pf)
1

Determine the MBR, using Module C

RESULT: MAXIMUM BASIC RATE

608.70

2

Determine the amount of ES using Module DB

7.90
3

Determine the maximum payment rate by adding together the previous 2 amounts

  • = $608.70 + $7.90
    = $616.60
616.60
4

Work out excess periodic (fortnightly) compensation

  • Deduct JSP partner's maximum qualified rate, from periodic compensation rate
    = $620.00 − $616.60
    = $3.40 excess compensation

 

3.40

5

Excess to be added to PPP's own ordinary income

  • = $300.00 + $3.40
  • = $303.40
303.40
6

Apply the personal income test using Module D:

Recipient's income = $303.40

  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
    = ($303.40 − $256.00) × 0.6
    = $47.40 × 0.6
    = $28.44
  3. Add a and b
    = $53.00 + $28.44
    = $81.44

RESULT: INCOME REDUCTION

 

 

53.00

 

 

28.44

 

 

81.44

7

Determine rate payable:

  • Maximum payment rate
  • Subtract total income reduction

RESULT: RATE PAYABLE

616.60
81.44
535.16

Act reference: SSAct section 17 Compensation recovery definitions, Part 3.14 Compensation recovery

Policy reference: SS Guide 4.13.3.20 Effect of Periodic Compensation on a Compensation Recipient, 4.13.3.30 Effect of periodic compensation on the partner of a compensation recipient, 1.1.C.250 Compensation affected payment, 3.15.2 ES - qualification & payability

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