When assessing whether a household will be eligible to rent an approved dwelling, approved participants must determine the gross household income for the 12 months prior to the day on which the household would become tenants.
For NRAS purposes, a household is considered to be all persons who are tenants of the dwelling. All persons who ordinarily reside in a NRAS home must have their income included as a member of the household.
A household’s gross income for the 12 months prior to commencement of tenancy of an NRAS dwelling must be equal to or less than the relevant income limit for the household’s composition.
To provide some guidance, the following documents (though not an exhaustive list) may be used in assessing gross household income:
- Last payslip if Year to Date (YTD) specified;
- If no YTD specified, 6 payslips are required or a letter from the employer stating the normal wage or annual income;
- Letters from employers – current and/or past;
- Notices of assessment for annual tax returns;
- Tax Assessment notice – or Group Certificate used to calculate the part of the year up to 30 June;
- Copies of bank statements;
- Statutory declaration;
- Statements from Centrelink;
- Centrelink statement and or letter;
- Written evidence of overseas income, such as pensions; and/or
- Statements that provide information about other sources of income.