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

If you're registering your interest in community housing there are some income payment exclusions listed in the Community housing eligibility procedures (PDF, 115.5 KB).

If you're applying for help paying bond and rent, you'll need to meet both the income limits and the cash asset limits.

The maximum weekly and annual income before tax for each household type.
Household type Maximum weekly income before tax Maximum annual income before tax
Single person $1016.86 $52,876.72
Single person with 1 child $1329.74 $69,146.48
Single person with 2 children $1486.18 $77,281.36
Single person with 3 children $1642.62 $85,416.24
Single person with 4 children or more $1877.28 $97,618.56
Couple $1329.74 $69,146.48
Couple with 1 child $1486.18 $77,281.36
Couple with 2 children $1642.62 $85,416.24
Couple with 3 children $1877.28 $97,618.56
Couple with 4 children or more $2111.94 $109,820.88

An independent income is a regular income paid directly to you and is the minimum amount of income you can have to be considered for:

  • public or Aboriginal housing
  • housing managed by Housing SA in an Aboriginal community
  • help paying bond or rent

It can include, but isn't limited to:

  • payments from Centrelink or similar, for example Veterans' Affairs
  • a wage or salary for full time, part-time, or casual work
  • investment income
  • interest paid directly to you

Your income must be at least equal to Centrelink's maximum youth allowance payment for a single person not living at their parent's home.

The maximum asset limit amount for each household type.
Household type Maximum asset value
Households headed by a single person $473,750
Households headed by a couple $605,000

Assets can include:

  • cash lodged with a financial institution
  • real estate such as vacant land
  • shares, bonds and investments
  • household and personal effects
  • cars, boats and motorhomes
  • any debts currently owed to you
  • overseas assets converted to Australian dollars

The maximum cash asset value for each household type.
Household type Maximum cash asset value
Households headed by a single person $5000
Households headed by a couple $5000

Cash assets are any money or funds readily available to you. It can include:

  • cash in the bank
  • term deposit
  • shares
  • savings

Income limits are based on an income equal to, or less than, a percentage of average weekly earnings (male ordinary time) for South Australia as set by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Where average weekly earnings fall lower than a previously published amount, the income limits are still based on the higher amount.

The percentages for households headed by a single adult:

  • 65% for a single person
  • 85% for a single person with 1 dependent
  • 95% for a single person with 2 dependents
  • 105% for a single person with 3 dependents
  • 120% for a single person with 4 or more dependents

The percentages for households headed by a couple:

  • 85% for a couple
  • 95% for a couple with 1 dependent
  • 105% for a couple with 2 dependents
  • 120% for a couple with 3 dependents
  • 135% for a couple with 4 or more dependents

The asset limits are equal to Centrelink’s Allowances and Parenting Payment asset test for non-home owners.

An asset is any possession someone owns or partly owns, for example cash, real estate, shares, household contents, vehicles, boats. It includes assets held outside Australia and any debts owed to the person. The asset value is how much the asset would be worth if it was sold on the open market minus any debts or encumbrances.

The income and assets limits don’t apply to people who:

  • registered their interest before 25 February 1998
  • were included in someone else’s registration of interest before 25 February 1998, have since lodged their own registration of interest, and meet all other eligibility conditions