5.2.6.10 RA rates - June 1990 to present date

Summary

This topic contains the following 2 rates tables:

Table number Explanations
1 Maximum rates of RA - June 1990 to present date
2 Rent thresholds for RA - June 1990 to present date

Policy reference: SS Guide 5.2.4.40 RA (families with children) - December 1987 to March 2018, 5.2.6.20 RA Savings Provisions - 1974 to 1987

Table 1: Maximum rates of RA - June 1990 to present date

The table shows the maximum rates in dollars per fortnight (pf).

Date of effect Single or illness separated couple ($ pf) Couple ($ pf) Single or couple ($ pf)
no additional family payment (AFP) children 1 or 2 AFP children 3 or more AFP children
13/06/1990 50.00 50.00 60.00 70.00
20/09/1990 60.00 60.00 70.00 80.00
20/03/1991 Note A 62.00 62.00 72.40 82.70
20/03/1992 62.90 62.90 73.50 83.90
20/09/1992 63.00 63.00 73.60 84.00
20/03/1993 67.20 63.20 73.80 84.20
20/09/1993 68.00 64.00 74.80 85.20
20/03/1994 68.40 64.40 75.20 85.80
20/09/1994 69.20 65.20 76.00 86.80
20/03/1995 70.20 66.20 77.00 88.00
20/09/1995 72.40 68.20 79.40 90.60
20/03/1996 73.80 69.60 86.00 97.40
20/09/1996 74.60 70.40 87.00 98.40
20/03/1997 74.80 70.60 87.40 98.80
20/09/1997 74.80 70.60 87.40 98.80
20/03/1998 74.80 70.60 87.40 98.80
20/09/1998 75.20 71.00 88.00 99.40
20/03/1999 75.80 71.40 88.60 100.00
20/09/1999 76.00 71.60 88.80 100.40
20/03/2000 77.20 72.60 90.20 102.00
01/07/2000 Note B Note C 85.00 79.80 99.26 112.14
20/09/2000 86.40 81.20 100.94 114.10
20/03/2001 88.00 82.80 103.04 116.48
20/09/2001 89.60 84.40 105.00 118.72
20/03/2002 90.60 85.40 106.26 120.12
20/09/2002 92.00 86.80 107.94 122.08
20/03/2003 93.20 88.00 109.48 123.76
20/09/2003 94.40 89.20 110.88 125.30
20/03/2004 95.40 90.20 112.14 126.70
20/09/2004 96.80 91.40 113.68 128.52
20/03/2005 98.00 92.40 115.08 130.06
20/09/2005 99.20 93.60 116.62 131.74
20/03/2006 100.60 95.00 118.30 133.70
20/09/2006 103.20 97.40 121.24 137.06
20/03/2007 104.00 98.20 122.22 138.18
20/09/2007 105.40 99.40 123.76 140.00
20/03/2008 107.20 101.00 125.86 142.38
20/09/2008 110.20 103.80 129.36 146.30
20/03/2009 111.20 104.80 130.48 147.56
20/09/2009 111.80 105.40 131.32 148.40
20/03/2010 113.40 107.00 133.28 150.64
20/09/2010 115.20 108.60 135.24 152.88
20/03/2011 116.40 109.80 136.78 154.56
20/09/2011 119.40 112.60 140.14 158.48
20/03/2012 120.20 113.20 140.98 159.46
20/09/2012 121.00 113.80 141.82 160.44
20/03/2013 123.00 115.60 144.06 162.96
20/09/2013 124.00 116.60 145.18 164.22
20/03/2014 126.40 118.80 147.98 167.30
20/09/2014 127.60 120.00 149.52 168.98
20/03/2015 128.40 120.80 150.50 170.10
20/09/2015 129.40 121.80 151.76 171.50
20/03/2016 130.40 122.80 153.02 172.90
20/09/2016 130.60 123.00 153.30 173.18
20/03/2017 132.20 124.60 155.26 175.42
20/09/2017 133.00 125.40 156.24 176.54
20/03/2018 134.80 127.00 158.34 178.78
20/09/2018 135.80 128.00 159.60 180.18
20/03/2019 137.20 129.20 161.14 182.00
20/09/2019 138.00 130.00 162.12 183.12

Notes for Table 1

Note Explanation
A No change in September 1991 nor from September 1996 to March 1998 due to low CPI.
B From 1 July 2000, as part of the Government's tax reform compensation measures, the maximum rates of RA were increased by 10%.
C From 1 July 2000, RA became payable with FTB for recipients with children. Maximum rates are rounded to one cent a day (not 20 cents per fortnight).

Table 2: Rent thresholds for RA - June 1990 to present date

The table shows the rates in dollars per fortnight (pf).

Date of effect Single or illness separated couple ($ pf) Couple ($ pf)
no AFP children with AFP children no AFP children with AFP children
25/12/1986 $30.00 $30.00 $30.00 $30.00
13/06/1989 $40.00 $40.00 $40.00 $40.00
20/03/1991 Note D $50.00 $50.00 $50.00 $50.00
20/03/1993 $60.00 $80.00 $100.00 $120.00
20/09/1993 60.80 81.00 101.40 121.60
20/03/1994 61.20 81.40 102.00 122.40
20/09/1994 61.80 82.20 103.20 123.80
20/03/1995 62.60 83.40 104.60 125.60
20/09/1995 64.40 86.00 107.80 129.40
20/03/1996 70.60 92.80 115.00 137.00
20/09/1996 71.40 93.80 116.20 138.60
20/03/1997 71.60 94.20 116.60 139.20
20/09/1997 71.60 94.20 116.60 139.20
20/03/1998 71.60 94.20 116.60 139.20
20/09/1998 72.00 94.80 117.20 140.00
20/03/1999 72.60 95.40 118.00 141.00
20/09/1999 72.80 95.60 118.40 141.40
20/03/2000 73.80 97.00 120.20 143.60
01/07/2000 Note E 73.80 97.02 120.20 143.64
20/09/2000 75.00 98.70 122.20 146.02
20/03/2001 78.00 102.62 127.00 151.90
20/09/2001 79.40 104.58 129.40 154.84
20/03/2002 80.40 105.84 131.00 156.66
20/09/2002 81.60 107.52 133.00 159.18
20/03/2003 82.80 109.06 134.80 161.42
20/09/2003 83.80 110.46 136.60 163.52
20/03/2004 84.80 111.72 138.20 165.34
20/09/2004 86.00 113.26 140.20 167.72
20/03/2005 87.00 114.66 141.80 169.68
20/09/2005 88.20 116.20 143.60 171.92
20/03/2006 89.60 117.88 145.80 174.44
20/09/2006 91.80 120.82 149.40 178.78
20/03/2007 92.60 121.80 150.60 180.18
20/09/2007 93.80 123.34 152.60 182.56
20/03/2008 95.40 125.44 155.20 185.64
20/09/2008 98.00 128.94 159.60 190.82
20/03/2009 98.80 130.06 161.00 192.50
20/09/2009 99.40 130.90 162.00 193.62
20/03/2010 100.80 132.86 164.40 196.56
20/09/2010 102.40 134.82 166.80 199.50
20/03/2011 103.60 136.36 168.60 201.74
20/09/2011 106.20 139.72 172.80 206.78
20/03/2012 106.80 140.56 173.80 208.04
20/09/2012 107.40 141.40 174.80 209.30
20/03/2013 109.20 143.64 177.60 212.66
20/09/2013 110.00 144.76 179.00 214.34
20/03/2014 112.00 147.56 182.40 218.40
20/09/2014 113.20 149.10 184.20 220.64
20/03/2015 114.00 150.08 185.40 222.18
20/09/2015 115.00 151.34 186.80 224.00
20/03/2016 116.00 152.60 188.20 225.82
20/09/2016 116.20 152.88 188.60 226.24
20/03/2017 117.80 154.84 191.00 229.18
20/09/2017 118.60 155.82 192.20 230.58
20/03/2018 120.20 157.78 194.60 233.52
20/09/2018 121.20 159.04 196.20 235.34
20/03/2019 122.40 160.58 198.20 237.72
20/09/2019 123.20 161.56 199.40 239.12

Notes for Table 2

Note Explanation
D No change in September 1991 nor from March 1997 to March 1998 due to small or negative changes to CPI.
E From 1 July 2000, RA became payable with FTB for recipients with children. Rent thresholds are rounded to one cent a day (not 20 cents per fortnight).
Last reviewed: 20 September 2019