The Department of Housing, Local Government, Planning and Public Works provides rental bond loans and rental grants to eligible tenants.
A bond loan is an interest-free and fee-free loan (maximum of 4 weeks rent) for eligible people who cannot afford to pay a full rental bond. It must be repaid. Check your eligibility.
Existing bond loan balances can be checked online. You will need to provide your bond loan number and date of birth.
A bond loan plus is an interest-free and fee-free loan (maximum of 6 weeks rent) to cover the rental bond plus an amount equal to 2 weeks rent for the property you want to rent. It must be repaid. To find out more, talk to your local Housing Service Centre.
A rental grant is a one-off grant of 2 weeks rent to help meet some of the costs of moving into rental accommodation. This grant helps people experiencing a housing crisis and does not have to be repaid. It is paid directly to your property manager/owner after the tenancy starts. Check your eligibility.
How to apply
After you’ve checked that you’re eligible and been approved to rent a property, you can submit a Bond Loan and/or Rental Grant Application along with your supporting documents.
Read the Department’s guide to learn more about what happens after you have applied – including how to check the status of your online application – and/or have been approved for a bond loan or rental grant.
Other rental assistance
Check if you’re eligible for rental assistance from Centrelink.
RentConnect provides practical assistance and information on how to find, apply and sustain a home in the private rental market. The service also helps people fill out a rental application and links them to local real estate agents and community services.