How does Centrelink assess property on multiple titles?

Warren is planning a tree change but wants to know the effect of buying a property on five titles.

How does Centrelink assess property on multiple titles?

Warren is planning a tree change but wants to know the effect of buying a property on five titles.


Q. Warren
I have been getting a part pension for two years and am now looking at moving from the city to Elmhurst in Victoria. The property I am looking to buy is about 13 acres and is on five titles zoned residential with an existing house. I am not going to participate in any business activities and the property has heavy coverage of trees over most of it. Will my existing part pension be affected by this move?

A. Normally, only two hectares of land on the same title as your main home are exempt from the assets test.

There are some exemptions that apply but one of the requirements is a 20-year connection to the land, which you will not have in this situation. That means that just over three hectares of the property at least will be assessed under the assets test.

The land being held on multiple titles is interesting. Three exceptions exist to the rule requiring land adjacent to the principal home to be held on one title document.

Under the three exceptions, land held on more than one title document can be treated as if it were held on the same title document as the person's dwelling-house. The exceptions are:

  • where the dwelling-house is located on both blocks of land, or
  • where all or part of the blocks of land are protected by a law because of the land's natural, historic or Indigenous heritage, or
  • where the alienation of one of the blocks would seriously undermine the function of the house as a dwelling.

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    15th Nov 2019
    Quick look at property prices in Elmhurst - 1000 sq m house block for sale $60'000, so Warren might have some problems keeping his part pension. Depending how far out of town his property is but being residential it cannot be far. Looked at rural land in the same area and that is very cheap. Personally I got caught sitting on 2 HA of residential land, the council started charging me a lot of rates, saying the land could house 12 decent blocks and all the services were there so I was considered the owner of a land bank. Warren should talk to a solicitor, possibly in the local area. Nearest town I believe to be Ararat.
    15th Nov 2019
    Wonder whether I was the only one caught out with residential land and high rates? Looked forward to hear from other people but this section is really quiet. Sorry Warren, not much information from us for sure.

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