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Rental Grants

A Rental Grant is a once only grant of 2 weeks rent to help you pay for the cost of moving into private rental accommodation. A Rental Grant is for people in a housing crisis.

Am I eligible for a Rental Grant?

You may be eligible for a Rental Grant if:

  • you have not previously received a Rental Grant
  • you’re not currently living in the place the Rental Grant is for
  • you’re an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or have a temporary protection or bridging visa
  • you don’t own, or part-own
    • a residential property
    • a caravan, mobile home or live-aboard boat
  • you have less than $2500 in cash or savings between all the Rental Grant applicants (not including dependents)
  • you don’t have any outstanding debts with the department
  • your combined gross (before-tax) income doesn’t exceed the income limits for Bond Loans and Rental Grants
  • you choose a place where the rent doesn’t exceed 60% of the total household gross weekly income
  • all applicants listed on the tenancy agreement (other than dependant children) are included as applicants for the Rental Grant

AND you meet at least one of the following conditions:

  • you stayed more than 28 continuous days in a homelessness service(e.g. emergency housing or a women's shelter), or in accommodation arranged by a homelessness service, and apply for the Rental Grant within 3 months of leaving
  • you have left a correctional facility after staying at least 28 days, and apply for the Rental Grant within 3 months of leaving
  • you have left a hospital or health facility within the last 3 months, stayed there for at least 28 days, and apply for the Rental Grant within 3 months of leaving
  • you are leaving a child protection service
  • you or a member of your household is experiencing domestic and family violence
  • you are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless
  • you are leaving a community-based rent scheme in Queensland to move into private rental accommodation, and apply for the Rental Grant within 14 days of leaving.

Applicants under the age of 18 or suffering from domestic violence should phone Housing Services on 13 QGOV (13 74 68).

You will need to provide proof of your income, at least 2 types of identification and residency status for each applicant, proof of current address, and documentary evidence that you meet one of the conditions above.

How do I apply for a Rental Grant?

Is my Rental Grant approved?

You will be contacted when your application has been processed. If it has been approved you will receive:

  • an approval letter
  • a Confirmation of Tenancy form.

The form must be completed by your landlord/agent of the accommodation you plan to live in.

How is the Rental Grant paid?

Once your landlord/agent sends the Confirmation of Tenancy form to us, a payment will be made directly to your landlord/agent by EFT/bank transfer.

Sometimes a payment may be made by cheque. If this happens the cheque will be made out to your landlord/agent and sent to you. You will need to give this cheque to your landlord/agent. 

More information

Save money for your rent

The MoneySmart budget planner ( ) ( ) can help you check:

  • what you spend your money on
  • if your money is going towards priorities like your rent
  • if you’re spending more than you can afford.

Check your Rental Grant application online

If you have an existing Rental Grant application, you can check your the status with our online tool. All you need is your Application reference number and your date of birth.

Check your application status now

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Last updated:
26 July 2017
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