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Rent Assistance Rates and Thresholds
Maximum rate of rent assistance
The maximum fortnightly rate of rent assistance payable to pensioners differs depending on their family situations.
When does the rent threshold apply?
The rent threshold applicable to a person is the minimum rent they must pay before they can receive any rent assistance. Where a person's rental payments are greater than the threshold relevant to the person's family situation, rent assistance is paid at the rate of 75 cents for every dollar of rent paid in excess of that threshold up to the maximum rate applicable to the person.
The rent thresholds that apply to pensioners varies with different family situations.
Rent Assistance is an allowance, which may be paid to a service pensioner or income support supplement (ISS) recipient to assist in meeting the cost of rental accommodation.
To receive rent assistance, a pensioner must be paying rent (other than Government rent) for accommodation in Australia, and the amount paid must exceed a certain threshold.