Rent assistance rates payable from 20 March 2018

The new payment rates and limits for rent assistance.

Rent assistance – 20 March 2018

Rent assistance rates and thresholds will increase on 20 March 2018. Find out what the new payment rates and limits are for those entitled to rent assistance.
Rent Assistance rates if you do not have dependent children

Family situation

Maximum payment per fortnight

Maximum payment is paid if your fortnightly rent is more than

No payment if your fortnightly rent is less than





Single, sharer








One of a couple who are separated due to illness




One of a couple who are temporarily separated




Rent assistance is paid to those in receipt of an income support payment, who pay private rent. Those who rent from a housing authority will not be eligible.

To find out more about rent assistance and thresholds, and how you can claim, visit



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    Young Simmo
    13th Mar 2018
    Not sure about all this but, we are on a fairly good setup more by good luck than good planning. We arrived in this country town back in Feb 1999 fo 2 nights. At age 59 I was lucky enough to jag a job out at the local Salt Mine. We are still in the Caravan Pk and paying a paltry $270.00 / Fortnight, plus about $40.00 Fortnight for power and $6.40 Fortnight for water. As I said it was all dew to Good Luck, more than good planning, and on a good fortnihgt we can save $300 to$400 per fortnight and want for nothing. So for any readers planning on retirement in the next 10 or so years, have a good hard look at Caravan Pks.
    OK, that's my tip for today.
    14th Mar 2018
    So it looks like I will be getting 90 cents per week increase in Rent Allowance and I have just received a letter notifying me that my rent will increase by $10.00 pw from 1st May. Definitely going backwards.

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