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The aged care reforms have had a wide ranging impact on the existing legislation and policy of a number of departments. The impact on DVA income support legislation and policy is restricted to the following issues:

  • rent assistance (residential care allowance) eligibility;
  • income and assets assessment of accommodation bonds;
  • homeownership status;
  • entitlement of pensioners in respite care; and
  • special income and assets rules introduced post 1 October 1998 (see DI C13/98).

The changes to existing policy associated with the first 4 issues is detailed in the following sections.