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Rent Assistance


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Overview

Rent Assistance gives extra help to eligible people receiving more than the base rate of Family Tax Benefit Part A who pay rent in the private rental market.

 

Rent Assistance cannot be paid through the tax system.  Rent Assistance is paid at the rate of 75 cents for each dollar of rent paid above the rent threshold, up to specified maximum rates. Rent assistance is not asset tested.  The rate of Rent Assistance depends on how many children you have, and whether you are partnered or single.

 


   
Eligibility
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Rates (Per Fortnight) – 20/3/2021 to 19/9/2021
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Family Type

Maximum rate of RA

Rent threshold (at which payment of RA commences)

Rent at which maximum rate of RA is payable

Single:

 

 

 

No children

$140.80

$125.80

$313.53

No children (sharer)

$93.87

$125.80

$250.96

1-2 children

$165.62

$165.06

$385.89

3 or more children

$187.04

$165.06

$414.45

Couple:

 

 

 

No children

$132.80

$203.60

$380.67

1-2 children

$165.62

$244.16

$464.99

3 or more children

$187.04

$244.16

$493.55


Note: Different rates apply to couples who are temporarily separated or separated due to illness, including respite care and partner in jail.

Different rates and thresholds apply where eligible parents have less than 65% care of a child.

 


   
Rates (Per Fortnight) - 20/3/2020 to 19/03/2021
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Rates (Per Fortnight) - 20/09/2019 to 19/03/2020
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Rates (Per Fortnight) – 20/3/2019 to 19/9/2019
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Rates (Per Fortnight) – 20/3/2016 to 19/3/2019
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Rates (Per Fortnight) – 20/3/2011 to 19/3/2016
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Rates (Per Fortnight) – 20/3/2006 to 19/3/2011
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This page was last edited on 21 March 2021

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