The amendments introduced a power for the Secretary of the Ministry of Social Services (or its delegates) to transfer from one authorized participant to another, if there are certain reasons, an assignment related to an authorized rental unit. These reasons include, inter alia, cases where the authorised participants fail to pass on the NRAS incentive to the NRAS investor within a reasonable period of time from receipt of the incentive (if there is a contractual agreement) or where the actions of an authorised participant have breached consumer protection law with respect to the allocation of the NRAS. The transfer can be made by the department or at the request of an investor. NRAS rental housing is available to low- and middle-income Australians – people who find it difficult to pay rental prices in the market. Tenant eligibility is examined on the basis of household income thresholds, which vary according to the composition of the household. Under the NRAS, the Australian Government, in cooperation with states and territories, is providing financial incentives for: NRAS started on 1 July 2008 and five open calls have been launched for NRAS incentives. Rounds 1 to 4 and a small "shovel-ready" tour were completed and successful applicants were granted a right (or "stipend") to obtain a 10-year annual incentive for each licensed rental. In the 2014-15 budget, the government announced that it would not continue Round 5 and that the program would be limited to 38,000 allocations. The program will be completed in 2026. NRAS is managed within a legal framework that includes the National Rental Affordability Scheme Act 2008 (NRAS Act) and the National Rental Affordability Scheme Regulations 2008 (NRAS Regulations).
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