Rent assistance rates payable from 20 September 2018

The new payment rates and limits for rent assistance.

Rent assistance rates and thresholds will increase on 20 September 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

$135.80

$302.27

$120.20

Single, sharer

$90.53

$241.91

$120.20

Couple

$128.00

$366.87

$194.60

One of a couple who are separated due to illness

$135.00

$302.27

$120.20

One of a couple who are temporarily separated

$128.00

$291.87

$120.20



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 HumanServices.gov.au.

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    Joy Anne
    10th Sep 2018
    5:45pm
    RENT ASSISTANCE NEEDS TO BE INCREASED BECAUSE OF RENTALS FOR PENSIONERS TODAY.
    $135 IS NOT ENOUGH WHEN YOU ARE PAYING $350.00 PER WEEK. RENT.

    10th Sep 2018
    7:13pm
    For those who keep harping on about rent assistance being insufficient for city rentals, I say if you don't want to move to a cheaper rental town or area, then you have no right to complain
    retvilldotnet
    11th Sep 2018
    7:35am
    Interesting how if you live in a retirement village under a lease or licence agreement (you do not own) you cannot get rent assistance. But if you buy your unit in a land lease retirement village (you do own your unit) you qualify for rent assistance, not just the cost of the land rental but all your weekly costs.
    Go figure?
    Roy R
    11th Sep 2018
    12:05pm
    Why is the rental assistance for a couple LESS than that for a single and the rental trigger is greater?
    Roy R
    23rd Nov 2018
    4:07pm
    Why is it $135 for singles and $128 for couples? Sounds discriminatory to me.


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