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8.7.2 Calculation of Defence Force Income Support Allowance (DFISA) is the result of a calculation only. There is no claim process for DFISA and it is payable depending on the individual's circumstances. is the difference between:

  • what the primary payment is under the Social Security Act 1991 (the actual rate), and
  • what it would be if the following assumptions are applied (the notional rate):
  • adjusted disability pension (DP) was exempt income,
  • adjusted DP income test for rent assistance applied. agency responsible for administering the primary payment is the agency responsible for calculating the rate of DFISA. Therefore, DVA calculates the DFISA rate for age pensioners administered by DVA. Centrelink currently calculates the rate of DFISA for all others.