Payment rates for Rent Assistance

Rent Assistance payment rates are updated on 20 March and 20 September each year. They vary depending on your circumstances.

 Special rules apply if you are a single sharer, pay board and lodging, or live in a retirement village.

Rent Assistance rates if you do not have dependent children

Family situationMaximum payment per fortnightNo payment if your fortnightly rent is less thanMaximum payment if your fortnightly rent is more than
Single, with no children$127.60$113.20$283.33
Single, with no children, sharer$85.07$113.20$226.62
Couple, with no children$120.00$184.20$344.20
One of a couple who are separated due to illness, with no children$127.60$113.20$283.33
One of a couple who are temporarily separated, with no children$120.00$113.20$273.20

Note: Separated couple includes respite care and partner in prison.

Rent Assistance rates if you have dependent children

If you have dependent children, you will usually get Rent Assistance with Family Tax Benefit Part A.

Family situationMaximum payment per fortnightNo payment if your fortnightly rent is less thanMaximum payment if your fortnightly rent is more than
Single, one or two children$149.52$149.10$348.46
Single, three or more children$168.98$149.10$374.41
Couple, one or two children$149.52$220.64$420.00
Couple, three or more children$168.98$220.64$445.95