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Income and asset eligibility limits

You will need to meet income and asset limits to be eligible for:

If you are applying for community housing there are some income payment exclusions listed in Eligibility procedure (1.3 MB PDF).

If you are applying for PR Connect Help paying bond and rent, you will need to meet both the income limits and the liquid asset limits.

Income limits

Household type Maximum weekly income before tax Maximum annual income before tax
Single person $970 $50,423
Single person with one child $1,268 $65,938
Single person with two children $1,417 $73,695
Single person with three children $1,566 $81,452
Single person with four or more children $1,790 $93,088
Couple $1,268 $65,938
Couple with one child $1,417 $73,695
Couple with two children $1,566 $81,452
Couple with three children $1,790 $93,088
Couple with four or more children $2,014 $104,724

Asset limits for public and community housing

Household type Maximum asset value
Households headed by a single person $450,000
Households headed by a couple $575,000

Assets can include:

  • money lodged with a financial institution
  • real estate - eg vacant land
  • shares, bonds and investments
  • household and personal effects
  • cars, boats and motor homes
  • any debts you are currently owed
  • overseas assets converted to Australian dollars

Liquid asset limits for help paying bond or rent

Household type Maximum liquid asset value
Households headed by a single person $5,000
Households headed by a couple


Liquid assets are any cash or funds readily available to you.  It can include:

  • cash in the bank
  • shares
  • term deposits

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