If you receive a Centrelink benefit
Check if you're eligible for Rent Assistance
Rent Assistance payments are income top ups to make rent more affordable for low-income earners.
Arrange to have your rent taken from your payment
You may be able to have your rent payments taken directly from your Centrelink payment through Centrepay. Your real estate agent needs to be registered with Centrepay.
Check if you're eligible for a Centrelink advance payment
Centrelink advance payments are interest-free loans available to people on Centrelink benefits. They're generally available twice every 12 months.
The advance can be up to $500 (up to $1000 for pensioners), which you repay by fixed deductions from your fortnightly Centrelink payment.
If you use a Centrelink advance payment to pay your overdue rent, you need to be able to afford both your current rent and the fortnightly repayments of the advanced payment loan. This means managing on a reduced income until the loan is repaid.