How much Rent Assistance you can get

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

There's a minimum amount of rent you need to pay to get Rent Assistance. For every $1 of rent you pay above this amount, you'll get 75c. You can’t get more than the maximum 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're Your fortnightly rent is at least To get the maximum payment your fortnightly rent is at least The maximum fortnightly payment is
single $120.20 $299.93 $134.80
single, sharer $120.20 $240.02 $89.87
couple, combined $194.60 $363.93 $127.00
1 of a couple separated due to illness $120.20 $299.93 $134.80
1 of a couple temporarily separated $120.20 $289.53 $127.00

People with dependent children

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

If you're 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 $157.78 $368.90 $158.34
single, with 3 or more children $157.78 $396.15 $178.78
a couple, with 1 or 2 children $233.52 $444.64 $158.34
a couple, with 3 or more children $233.52 $471.89 $178.78

People in different circumstances

Special rules apply if you:

  • are a single sharer
  • pay board and lodging

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 the lodging part, we’ll use two thirds of the total amount you pay.

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

Payment adjustments

We may adjust your Rent Assistance if:

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

We’ll also adjust the amount of Rent Assistance you get when the payment rates change during the year.

If any of these occur, you need to tell us. Read more about change of circumstances when you get Rent Assistance

Page last updated: 12 May 2018