FHA guidelines

​​​Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, November 2014

The Farm Household Allowance is legislated in the Farm Household Support Act 2014 (FHS Act) and the Farm Household Support (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Act 2014 (FHSCTP Act), separate from other social security payments but heavily referencing the Social Security Act 1991 (SSAct) and the Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 (SS(Admin)Act).

The Farm Household Allowance Guidelines are designed to provide a high-level view of the policy for FHA and are used by the Australian Government to assist in the assessment of applications. They are to be read in conjunction with the relevant legislation.

The aim of the referencing system is to minimise administrative complexity but allow for alignment with social security legislation where appropriate. The legislation (and the legislative instruments created under it) details all aspects of FHA, including the qualification requirements, payability settings and the reciprocal obligations framework.

For the purpose of FHA, where the SSAct and SS(Admin)Act apply a provision to Newstart or Youth Allowance, it should be read as applying to FHA, unless the provision has been replaced, modified or turned off in the FHS Act or the FHSCTP Act.

The guidelines will be regularly reviewed and updated. Please ensure you have the most up-to-date version when referencing the guidelines.

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