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7.8.8 Purpose

7.8.9 Rent ceilings – dependants live in rental accommodation

Guidance

Example: A member is eligible for 5 bedrooms. The member's rent ceiling is the rate for 3 bedrooms increase by 20 percent (10% for each of the 2 bedrooms above 3).

7.8.10 Rent ceilings – member living in rental accommodation without dependants

Guidance
5. Sharing with four or more people.

Annex 7.E Part 1 plus 10% of that amount for each extra room. Then divide that total by the number of residents to work out the member's rent ceiling.

Example: If there are five people in a five-bedroom house, take the 3-bedroom ceiling and add 10% of that ceiling for each extra room. Then divide by five.

6. A tenant in a boarding house

Annex 7.E Part 2.3.

7. A tenant boarding in a private home.

Item 2, 3, 4 or 5 (whichever applies).

7.8.10A Rent ceiling for overlapping posting locations

7.8.11 No rent ceiling set for location

7.8.11A Rent ceiling for certain members of the Navy

7.8.12 CDF may increase rent ceiling

Guidance

Example: An international sporting event has caused a temporary surge in local housing market. Evidence of market rent change could be shown through newspaper advertisements, Real Estate Institute of Australia data and advice from local real estate agents.

Guidance

Example: The member's child has cerebral palsy and needs a home with wheelchair access.

Non-example: A pet is not a dependant. The rent ceiling would not be changed to help accommodate a pet.

7.8.13 Applications for a rent allowance ceiling increase

7.8.14 Member who cannot apply for increased rent ceiling

7.8.15 Increased rent ceiling – effect on rent allowance

Guidance

Example: The decision-maker writes to the member to tell them they have decided to approve their application for an increase. The date of the letter is the date the new rent ceiling applies.

Guidance

Example: Annex 7.E (PDF 130KB) can be changed by a new determination under section 58B of the Defence Act 1903. The date of effect is stated in the determination.

Guidance

Example 1: A member finds a rental home for $500 a fortnight. The rent ceiling for the home is $460. A ceiling increase to $500 is approved under section 7.8.12. The following year, the rent ceiling for the location is redetermined at $520. There is no change to the member's rent allowance, because they are still renting at $500 a fortnight.

Example 2: A member finds a rental home for $500 a fortnight. The rent ceiling for the home is $460. A ceiling increase to $500 is approved under section 7.8.12. The following year, the general rent ceiling for the location is redetermined at $490. There is no change to the member's rent allowance, because their individual rent ceiling is still approved at $500 a fortnight.

Example 3: A member finds a rental home for $500 a fortnight. The rent ceiling for the home is $460. A ceiling increase is not approved under section 7.8.12. The member pays the $40 difference out of their own pocket. The following year, the rent ceiling for the location is redetermined at $500. The member no longer needs to pay the extra $40 contribution as their contribution is calculated within the ceiling.

7.8.16 Reduction in rent ceiling – effect on rent allowance

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