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12.7.2 Specific Reviews

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Last amended: 1 August 2014

Specific review reasons

The following table describes the main specific review reasons. These guidelines are not exhaustive of all the circumstances that can be subject to review.

Specific Review Type

Specific Review Reason

Aged care    

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In Care – Basic Assessment Rules

Section 9.2.4

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Change of address

Earnings         

Rental income    

Rental income

Trusts and companies        

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Business structures and trusts

Chapter 10.3

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Trusts and companies

Compensation    

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Compensation Recovery

Chapter 9.11

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Compensation

Post-bereavement

Post-bereavement

Miscellaneous


A specific review is an event-based, department-initiated review, based on anticipated or known changes to a pensioner's personal or financial circumstances, likely to impact on the rate of pension.

Examples include:

  • earnings review
  • review of circumstances following notification of a changed address
  • post-bereavement review

The principal home has the meaning given by subsection 5LA(1) of the VEA and subsection 5LA(2) of the VEA. The principal home of a person is generally the place in which they reside. In certain circumstances, however, the principal home of a person can be the place in which they formerly resided. The following property is regarded as part of the principal home.

  • the residence itself (e.g. house, flat, caravan),
  • permanent fixtures (e.g. stoves, built-in heaters, dish-washers, light fittings and affixed carpets),
  • [glossary:curtilage:DEF/Curtilage] (i.e. two hectares or less of private land around the home where the private land use test has been satisfied, or all land held on the same title as the person's principal home where the extended land use test has been satisfied), or
  •       any garage, shed, tennis court or swimming pool used primarily for private purposes provided it is on the same title as the principal home.

 

 

Rent Assistance is an allowance, which may be paid to a service pensioner or income support supplement (ISS) recipient to assist in meeting the cost of rental accommodation.

To receive rent assistance, a pensioner must be paying rent (other than Government rent) for accommodation in Australia, and the amount paid must exceed a certain threshold.

A payment to make amends for loss or injury to a person or property, or as a recompense for some deprivation (such as compensation to the owner for compulsory acquisition of their property).