RENT Assistance is a payment to help you pay your rent. It gives you extra assistance if you have a low income and are renting your home, generally in the private rental market. You may be able to access Rent Assistance if you are receiving or are eligible for government payment, are classed as a non-homeowner and pay a set minimum amount of rent each fortnight. The amount of assistance we can claim will depend on your family situation and the amount of rent you pay.
Single people who share their home may be paid at a lower rate (the sharers’ rate). Some home owners in situations may also get rent assistance. If you live in a retirement village or travel around Australia, for example, you may still be entitled to receive rent assistance.
I believe it is important that everyone who is in the position of paying rent should contact their nearest Centrelink office to find out their entitlements.
Noel Thompson People for Eidsvold