Rent Allowance

The Rent Allowance (RA) review

Each year we conduct an annual RA review on behalf of Defence. This year, the RA review will commence on 15 April 2016. The review will help assess your current personal circumstances and allows us to confirm your ongoing eligibility for RA. If you are selected for this review you will be notified by email.

Read more about the Rent Allowance review

Rent Allowance (RA) subsidises the cost of renting a property in the private rental market.

If you are approved for RA you will need to find a suitable rental property. You will then be responsible for paying the rent to the landlord or agent.

Use the Rent allowance calculator to calculate your entitlement.

RA policy is determined by the Department of Defence and is outlined in the Defence Pay and Conditions Manual (PACMAN), Chapter 7. The amount paid is based on:

  • your rank
  • property rent
  • number of sharing occupants
  • your categorisation, and
  • your posting locality.

You should not sign any leasing documentation for a rental residence until you are familiar with the guidelines outlined on this website and in policy. We encourage you to submit your application through Online Services and wait for approval before committing to a rental property.

To learn more about the area you’re posting into, read our location spotlights.

Guide to rent allowance


Returning forms to Defence Housing Australia

Online Services

Some forms can be submitted electronically through Online Services. This is our preferred method of form submission and we'll encourage you to use Online Services wherever possible. Please note not all forms can be submitted this way.


Send your forms directly via email to

Apply for RA online

Did you know you can complete the entire rent allowance process online?

RA calculator

Find out what your Rent Allowance entitlement might be.