Commonwealth Rent Assistance

Appropriate housing for people living with disability can often be difficult to get or maintain without additional financial assistance, such as Commonwealth Rent Assistance (CRA).

At June 2018 2018, 20% of CRA recipients receive the Disability Support Pension (DSP) (DSS 2019).

Rental stress

Rental stress is defined as spending more than 30% of gross household income on rent. At June 2018, 31% of income units receiving CRA that include at least 1 person on DSP paid more than 30% of their income in rent after receiving CRA. Without CRA, 71% of these income units would be in rental stress. This compares with 40% in rental stress after receipt of CRA and 68% in rental stress without CRA for all income units receiving CRA (DSS 2019).


DSS (Department of Social Services) 2019. Australian Government Housing Data Set. SCRGSP (Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision) 2019, Report on Government Services 2019, vol. G, Housing and homelessness, Productivity Commission, Canberra.