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5.2.4 Usual Place of Residence

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Last amended: 5 January 2006

Definition

The VEA does not define usual place of residence. A person's usual place of residence is the area where they normally live, sleep and eat. To change their usual place of residence, a person has to completely abandon their former place of residence.

Determining usual place of residence

This table lists indicators that may assist in determining a person's usual place of residence.

Indicator

Example

Property arrangements

the person owns or rents the home in which they are living

Mailing arrangements

the person has Departmental correspondence sent to this address

Itinerant customers

It may be difficult for a person who travels frequently to establish a usual place of residence. If a person is temporarily living somewhere, but has a fixed intention of returning to another address, they should not be considered itinerant. The onus is on the person to provide evidence to support their qualification for RAA.


Remote area allowance is a supplementary payment added to the rate of income support pension where the pensioner's usual place of residence is situated in a remote area, and where the pensioner is physically present in the remote area.