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# DFISA Calculation and Compensation Recovery Rules (ceased 2022)

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25 February 2022

DFISA was removed 1 January 2022.  This is for historical reference only.

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##### DFISA calculation and the compensation recovery rules

If the DFISA recipient's social security payment was reduced because of the compensation recovery rules in Part 3.14 of the Social Security Act 1991, a separate formula was used to calculate the rate of DFISA.

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##### DFISA formula for compensation recovery cases

If the person's primary social security payment was subject to compensation recovery, both the notional rate and the actual rate were reduced before the rate of DFISA was calculated. The following table details these additional steps.

 Step Action 1 Calculate the person's actual rate 2 Subtract the amount by which that rate is reduced under the SSA compensation recovery rules. 3 Calculate the person's notional rate. 4 Subtract the amount by which that rate would be reduced under the SSA compensation recovery rules if it were the person's actual rate. (This is the same amount as in Step 2.) 5 Subtract the result of step 2 from the result of step 4. This gave the rate of DFISA payable.
##### Compensation preclusion period and DFISA

If a person had received a lump sum compensation payment which attracted a lump sum preclusion period under the SSA, no DFISA was payable. This is because, during a lump sum preclusion period, the compensation affected payment was not payable. As a result, both their actual and notional rates of social security payment were nil.

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The information below is for historical reference only.

Defence Force Income Support Allowance (DFISA) ceased on 1 January 2022 because adjusted disability income became exempt income under the Social Security Act 1991.  It was an income support payment paid by DVA to people whose income support payment under Social Security Law was reduced, or not payable, because of the impact of adjusted disability pension. DFISA was the difference between the person's existing entitlement, and what the entitlement would have been had adjusted DP been exempt, but was assessed in the calculation of rent assistance.

A Social Security payment refers to the following:

From 1 January 2022, DFISA and the Disability Income Rent Test were removed.  The information below is for historical purposes only.

For DFISA purposes, the notional rate was what the person's daily rate of income support payment would be if the following applied:

Note: This step was only for DFISA calculation purposes and did not change the person's existing social security assessment.

DFISA was removed 1 January 2022.  This is for historical reference only.

For DFISA purposes, the actual rate was the daily rate of the person's social security income support payment.

For DFISA-like purposes, the actual rate was the daily rate of the person's DAFF or ABSTUDY income support payment.

DFISA was removed 1 January 2022.  This is for historical reference only.

For DFISA purposes, the actual rate was the daily rate of the person's social security income support payment.

For DFISA-like purposes, the actual rate was the daily rate of the person's DAFF or ABSTUDY income support payment.

From 1 January 2022, DFISA and the Disability Income Rent Test were removed.  The information below is for historical purposes only.

For DFISA purposes, the notional rate was what the person's daily rate of income support payment would be if the following applied:

Note: This step was only for DFISA calculation purposes and did not change the person's existing social security assessment.

Social Security Act, 1991.