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 Post subject: Centrelink Rent Assistance - You might be eligible
PostPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2012 6:33 am 
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Went into Centrelink to change my address last week. The consultant told me that since I receive the Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part B, I could be eligible for Rent Assistance (RA).

I was doubtful, I've lived in Married Quarters (MQ) since my kids were born and the rent is already subsidised. The consultant told me it didn't matter the rent was subsidised; all that mattered was the amount I was contributing. That would determine whether I was eligible or not.

I went onto the Centrelink website to research it.

The link below told me I was eligible for the payment as I receive more than the base rate of FBT and have dependent children:

http://www.centrelink.gov.au/internet/internet.nsf/payments/rent_eligible.htm

The next link below showed I was entitled to the maximum payment as:

1. We’re a couple with two children,
2. I pay more than $206.78 rent per fortnight,
3. I pay more than $393.63 rent per fortnight so I’m entitled to the maximum payment of $140.14.

http://www.centrelink.gov.au/internet/internet.nsf/payments/rent_rates.htm

It’s been 2.5 years since my kids were born. Centrelink were able to back pay me as long as I could show them proof of how much rent I had been paying in each of the three MQs I’ve occupied since then. This meant I was owed about $7500, no wonder we’ve been struggling!

I never knew I was entitled to RA. Maybe someone from DHA told me once and I wasn’t paying attention (happens more and more these days).

Forum members and readers, if this affects you, check it out. If this post helps one other service member it will be worth the effort. If it doesn’t affect you, keep it in the back of your mind. You may have kids one day OR you may the leader of personnel with kids and being the good leader that you are, will want to make sure they are aware of small gems like this.


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 Post subject: Re: Centrelink Rent Assistance - You might be eligible
PostPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2012 8:40 am 
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Good find, why aren't pay reps all over this?


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 Post subject: Re: Centrelink Rent Assistance - You might be eligible
PostPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2012 10:16 am 
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Whenever I had contact with Centrelink, the person generally mentioned that I should be getting RA, but in the end there was some reason why we couldn't claim it. If you look at the I Hate DHA page on BookFace, there is a thread in there somewhere about the entitlement, you just need to suffer through all the whinging and whining posts to find it!


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 Post subject: Re: Centrelink Rent Assistance - You might be eligible
PostPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2012 11:15 am 
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Just updated the post, forgot the second link :smt011

digrar wrote:
Good find, why aren't pay reps all over this?


They might be, I haven't spoken to one for a while though, that might be the problem. A disconnect between UPR's and their unit members. Maybe more so in those units that now have Customer Service Centres (CSC) manned by civilians executing admin, rather than uniformed members as part of a unit orderly room.

It reminded me of something I heard spoken years ago when I was a naive young dig. It went something like:

"You'll never be told about any benefits or pay and conditions you're entitled to by the system, you have to find that out for yourself. However, if you owe the system, you'll find that one out without having to do anything at all."


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 Post subject: Re: Centrelink Rent Assistance - You might be eligible
PostPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2012 12:54 pm 
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The net was not really on my radar while I was in, but now every dig and his dog can get onto pacman and see what he's entitled to.


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 Post subject: Re: Centrelink Rent Assistance - You might be eligible
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would RA only be applicable to low income earners?


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 Post subject: Re: Centrelink Rent Assistance - You might be eligible
PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2012 8:22 pm 
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It doesn't appear so. I'm on SNCO salary which is about $80,000 including allowances.

As long as your income is low enough to be eligible for the FTB Part B, and you pay enough rent per fortnight, you're entitled to RA.

People raking in the big dollars, so big they wouldn't even be eligible for the FTB wouldn't be entitled.


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