Paying your rent in public housing
Rent increases when you get a job
If you get a job or your work hours increase and you receive more income, you may apply for help through the Employment Incentive Scheme.
Households that are eligible for this scheme receive a fixed term tenancy agreement.
This agreement starts from the date of the change and lasts for up to 12 months.
Income and asset assessment
To apply for the scheme, you must have your income and assets assessed.
A member of your household must also earn a minimum wage of $200 per week before tax.
You can only access the scheme once in a 12 month period.
How rent is increased
Your rent is increased in three stages during a 12 month period.
For the first three months your rent will remain at the same amount you were charged before your income increased.
For the next three months your rental rebate is calculated based on your increased household income.
The last stage continues for the remaining six months.
Households eligible for public housing will continue to receive a rental rebate.
Households who are no longer eligible for public housing will be charged full rent or 30% of income, whichever amount is less.
If your income drops, your rent could be recalculated.
Read more about rental rebates.
How to apply
Contact your local housing office.
Last updated: 14 February 2020
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