How much Rent Assistance you can get

The amount of Rent Assistance you can get depends on how much rent you pay.

There is a minimum amount of rent you need to pay to get any Rent Assistance. For every $1 of rent you pay above this amount, you will get 75c. You can’t get more than the full amount.

We update Rent Assistance rates on 20 March and 20 September each year,  in line with the Consumer Price Index.

People without dependent children

If you are Your fortnightly rent is at least To get the maximum payment your fortnightly rent is at least The maximum fortnightly payment is
single $118.60 $295.93 $133.00
single, sharer $118.60 $236.82 $88.67
couple $192.20 $359.40 $125.40
1 of a couple separated due to illness $118.60 $295.93 $133.00
1 of a couple temporarily separated $118.60 $285.80 $125.40

People with dependent children

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

If you are Your fortnightly rent is at least To get the maximum payment your fortnightly rent is at least The maximum fortnightly payment is
single, with 1 or 2 children $155.82 $364.14 $156.24
single, with 3 or more children $155.82 $391.21 $176.54
a couple, with 1 or 2 children $230.58 $438.90 $156.24
a couple, with 3 or more children $230.58 $465.97 $176.54

What may be different

Special rules apply if you:

  • are a single sharer
  • pay board and lodging
  • live in a retirement village

If you pay board and lodging, we work out your payment based on lodging only. If you can’t tell us what you pay for each, we’ll use two thirds of the total amount.

If you live in a retirement village we assess you differently. We’ll use the amount you paid to enter the retirement village to work out if you can get rent assistance.

Please call us on your main payment number for more information.

Payment adjustments

We’ll adjust your Rent Assistance if:

  • the rent you pay increases or decreases
  • your income increases or decreases
  • your family circumstances change, for example:
    • you move house
    • you separate from your partner, or
    • the number of children in your care changes
  • the payment rate changes

Page last updated: 11 October 2017