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Income limits for rent subsidy, lease review and Rentstart Move

Household income limits are a range of income thresholds that help to determine whether:

  • a household is eligible for a rent subsidy and what percentage of their income is paid as rent
  • at lease review, a household is eligible for a lease extension
  • a tenant leaving public housing after a lease review is eligible for Rentstart Move assistance.

The maximum income eligibility limit for any household type can be determined by adding together the income eligibility amounts for each adult and first child and any additional adults or children in the household.

Rent subsidy limits

Table 1. Rent subsidy income limits from 1 July 2019

Maximum gross weekly income (before tax)
HouseholdModerate income limit30% limitSubsidy eligibility limit
Household members (regardless of relationship)
Single adult$815$1019$1,520
Each additional adult (18 years or over)Add $215Add $269Add $405
First child (under 18 years)Add $160Add $200Add $305
Each additional child (under 18 years)Add $110Add $138Add $200
Examples of types of households
Single adult$815$1019$1,520
Single + 1 child$975$1,219$1,825
Single + 2 children$1,085$1,357$2,025
Single + 3 children$1,195$1,495$2,225
Single + 4 children$1,305$1,633$2,425
Couple$1,030$1,288$1,925
Couple + 1 child$1,190$1,488$2,230
Couple + 2 children$1,300$1,626$2,430
Couple + 3 children$1,410$1,764$2,630
Couple + 4 children$1,520$1,902$2,830

Lease review limits

Table 2. Lease review income limits from 1 July 2019

HouseholdMaximum gross income (before tax)
weekly
Household members (regardless of relationship)
First adult (Single)$1019
Each additional adult (18 years or over)Add $269
First child (under 18 years)Add $200
Each additional child (under 18)Add $138
Examples of types of households
Single (first adult)$1019
Single + 1 child$1,219
Single + 2 children$1,357
Single + 3 children$1,495
Single + 4 children$1,633
Couple$1,288
Couple + 1 child$1,488
Couple + 2 children$1,626
Couple + 3 children$1,764
Couple + 4 children$1,902
Allowances
Disability Allowance (per person)Add $105
Exceptional Disability Allowance (per person)Add $240

Rentstart Move limits

Table 3. Rentstart Move income limits from 1 July 2019

HouseholdMaximum gross weekly income (before tax)
Household members (regardless of relationship)
Single adult$1,520
Each additional adult (18 years or over)Add $405
First child (under 18)Add $305
Each additional child (under 18)Add $200
Examples of types of households
Single adult$1,520
Single + 1 child$1,825
Single + 2 children$2,025
Single + 3 children$2,225
Single + 4 children$2,425
Couple$1,925
Couple + 1 child$2,230
Couple + 2 children$2,430
Couple + 3 children$2,630
Couple + 4 children$2,830

What if I don’t agree with the decision?

If you believe we made the wrong decision, you should first discuss your concerns with a client service officer. You can also ask to have the decision reviewed. To do this, fill in the Review of Decisions (First Tier Appeal) Application form available online or you can access a copy of this form at your local DCJ Housing office.

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Last updated: 30 Oct 2019