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12.7.2 Specific Reviews
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 careMore →
Change of address
Rental incomeMore →
Trusts and companiesMore →
Trusts and companies
In Care – Basic Assessment Rules
Aged Care Means Testing Guide – 3.3 Accommodation Costs
9.2.7/Sale or Deprivation of Home
Section 9.2.2 Basic Principles of Assessment
Departure from the Principal Home
Income from employment
10.1.4/Overview of income from employment
Sole traders and partnerships
10.3.2/Assessment of income for sole traders and partnerships
Income from Property
Business structures and trusts
Not a Member of a Couple
Chapter 3.10 Financial hardship
Home Equity Access Scheme
Pension Bonus Scheme
Policy Library - Effect of Going Overseas on Payment of Allowances
Policy Library - Income from Life Insurance Products
10.1.7/Income from Life Insurance Products
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.
- 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, income support supplement (ISS) or veteran payment 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).