Rent Assistance

Who can get it

You can get Rent Assistance if you get a payment from us, more than the base rate of Family Tax benefit and pay rent.

Who can get it

You can get Rent Assistance if you pay rent and you:

You must also pay:

  • rent
  • fees in a retirement village
  • lodging
  • board and lodging, or
  • site or mooring fees if your main home is a caravan, relocatable home or a boat

You must pay more than a certain amount of rent each fortnight. How much Rent Assistance you can get depends on how much rent you pay.

What may be different

If you live in a retirement village we assess you differently. We use the amount you paid to enter the retirement village to work out if you can get Rent Assistance.

If you’re under 25, there are special rules to get Rent Assistance, depending on your payment type.

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

Who can’t get it

You won’t get Rent Assistance if:

  • you lease from a state or territory housing authority
  • you own or are buying the home you live in, except relocatable homes
  • you’re travelling away from the home you own for less than 12 months
  • the Australian Government subsidises the approved residential aged care facility where you live
  • your partner gets Rent Assistance with Family Tax Benefit, or
  • you get an allowance and your partner gets Rent Assistance with their pension

Page last updated: 12 May 2018