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Paying rent in SDA

If you have an SDA residency agreement

You do not have to pay more than 30 days’ rent in advance.

If you have a residential tenancy agreement

You do not have to pay more than 14 days' rent in advance if you pay your rent weekly.

If you pay your rent fortnightly or monthly, you do not have to pay more than one month's rent in advance, unless the weekly rent is more than:

  • $350 (if you are on a fixed-term agreement of five years or less), or
  • $760 (if you are on a fixed-term agreement of more than five years).

For more information, view our Rent responsibilities and increases section.

For both agreements

You and your provider decide whether you pay the rent weekly, fortnightly or monthly. Make sure this is in the lease agreement.

You can choose a payment method that does not have extra fees. Your provider should tell you if a certain payment method includes any extra fees. You also have the option to pay rent by Centrepay.

You can ask for a receipt when you pay rent. If you pay rent directly to your provider, they must give you a receipt straight away.

Reasonable rent contribution (RRC)

The NDIS Rules allow providers to get reasonable rent contribution (RRC) from you.

If you receive the disability support pension, your RRC cannot be more than:

  • 25 per cent of the basic rate of the disability support pension
  • plus 25 per cent of any pension supplement you receive
  • plus 25 per cent of any youth disability supplement you receive
  • plus all Commonwealth rent assistance you receive.

If you do not receive the disability support pension, your RRC cannot be more than:

  • 25 per cent of the basic rate of the disability support pension
  • plus all Commonwealth rent assistance you receive.