How much will your rent cost and how do you apply?
The cost of your tenancy generally depends on your situation. If you’re eligible, your rent is set as a percentage of your assessable household income, plus any Commonwealth Rent Assistance you’re entitled to.
For low-income tenants, this currently equates to 25% of assessable household income, plus 100% of Commonwealth Rent Assistance, or the established discounted market rent for the home, whichever is the lesser.
For moderate-income tenants, this currently equates to 30% of assessable household income, plus 100% of Commonwealth Rent Assistance, or the established discounted market rent for the home, whichever is the lesser.
You can apply by completing the Department of Communities’ Housing Options Assessment form (make sure you tick the ‘Community Housing’ option).
Are you eligible for disability housing support?
If you’re living with a disability, you may be able to access support for housing through the Community Disability Housing Program (CDHP) or the NDIS.
To find out more and apply for the CDHP, we recommend talking to your disability support provider, the Department of Communities or the Department of Health.
Your disability services provider should also be able to help you with an NDIS Supported Disability Accommodation (SDA) application. Alternatively, you can download an Access Request Form (ARF) and a Supporting Evidence Form (SEF) yourself – your GP or health team should be able to help you prepare the information you need for your NDIS SDA application.