3.8.1 RA - Qualification & Payability

Introduction

This section details qualification (1.1.Q.10) and payability issues for RA.

RA is targeted at those most in need and paying higher rents in the private rental market. To begin receiving RA, a person needs to pay a minimum amount of rent, called the rent threshold. RA is then paid at the rate of 75 cents for each dollar above the rent threshold up to a maximum rate. Rent thresholds and maximum rates vary according to the family circumstances of recipients, but are uniform across all states and territories. RA rent thresholds and maximum rates are indexed every March and September to ensure that RA continues to be targeted effectively.

Information relating to current and historical rates of RA may be found at 5.1.7.10 RA - current rates and 5.2.6.10 RA rates - June 1990 to present date.

Policy reference: SS Guide 1.2.7.10 Rent Assistance (RA) - Description, 5.2.6.10 RA rates - June 1990 to present date

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Last reviewed: 16 May 2016