Eligibility & payment rates
Eligibility for Remote Area Allowance
Find out whether you are eligible for Remote Area Allowance.
Payment rates for Remote Area Allowance
Find out about the payment rates of Remote Area Allowance.
Other benefits while receiving Remote Area Allowance
If you qualify for Remote Area Allowance, you may be entitled to other payments and benefits, such as:
You do not need to make a claim for Remote Area Allowance. You are automatically assessed when you get your income-support payment if you are living in a qualifying tax zone, or when you move permanently to a qualifying tax zone.
If you are eligible to receive the Remote Area Allowance, we will send you a letter advising when your payment starts and how much you will get.
Managing your payment
Change of circumstances while receiving Remote Area Allowance
You need to tell us if your circumstances change while receiving Remote Area Allowance. For example, you need to tell us if you change address or leave Australia.
You need to let us know about any changes within 14 days in case they affect your Remote Area Allowance. If you don't tell us about changes, you may be overpaid and will probably have to pay the money back.
If you deliberately don’t tell us about changes, you could be charged with fraud.
Remote Area Allowance while travelling outside Australia
If you leave Australia to live in another country, your payment will stop on departure.
You will continue to be paid Remote Area Allowance for the first 8 weeks of any temporary absence from the remote area where you are living. This includes travel overseas.
Advising us of your travel outside Australia
Check your main payment type to find out whether you should tell us if you are leaving Australia.