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Household Assistance

Legislative Authority

Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988
Part II Division 5 Section 29


Stated Current Purpose/Intent

Household services are services of a domestic nature provided for the reasonable requirements of members and former members of the ADF who have seriously incapacitating medical conditions for which the Commonwealth has been found liable to pay compensation under the SRCA.


Current Eligibility Criteria

Assistance with household duties may be provided to a member or former member of the ADF who is unable to carry out duties of a domestic nature that are required for the proper running and maintenance of his or her household due to an accepted condition.  Such services may include cleaning around the home, washing, ironing and assistance with garden maintenance.  The services may be provided up to a weekly limit of $442.40.  However, the ability of other members of the household to carry out such tasks is considered when reasonable needs are assessed

In deciding whether there is a reasonable entitlement to compensation for household services, an assessment by a suitably qualified professional (most often an Occupational Therapist) is usually obtained.



  1. The above rate of payment is applicable as at 1 July 2014 and is indexed annually on 1 July.


Date of Introduction

1 December 1988


Original Purpose/Intent

The original purpose/intent of household services is to minimise the impact of injury or disease.  This has not changed.


Significant Changes in Criteria or Purpose Since Introduction