Paying your rent in public housing


A rental rebate is a subsidy given to eligible public housing tenants.

Whether you're entitled to a rebate depends on:

  • your income
  • the income of other people in your household.

Before you apply, you should talk to your housing officer and discuss your application.

You must also provide supporting documents from each household member aged 18 years and over.

Some of these documents may include proof of all sources of income and assets.

Your application won't be assessed if there is missing information.

If you don't provide supporting documents, you will be charged full rent.

To apply for the rebate, follow these steps:

Step 1. Fill in the rental rebate and continued eligibility application.

Rental rebate and continued eligibility application PDF (779.4 KB)
Rental rebate and continued eligibility application DOTX (123.5 KB)

Step 2. Provide supporting documents of household income.

Step 3. Submit your application with supporting documents to your local housing office.

Your rent rebate will be based on your household's assessable income.

A percentage will be applied to this income to calculate your rent amount.

These percentage rates were changed on 1 October 2018 to the following:

  • 25% of assessable income for households that entered a tenancy on or after 1 October 2018.
  • For all other households, the percentage of assessable income will change over 5 years to 23%.

Assessable income

There are a number of different types of income that are used to assess your eligibility for a rental rebate.

Find out what types of income are included or excluded from the assessment.

You must contact your local housing office within 28 days if:

  • people move in or out
  • a household member starts or stops work and their income changes
  • a household member's pension or Centrelink payments change.

The size of your home should match the needs of the household. If the number of people living with you changes, you may be able to transfer to a smaller or larger home.

If you have any questions, contact your local housing office.

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Last updated: 12 September 2022

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