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 work out what your RA entitlement might be.
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.
Looking for the Guide to Rent Allowance? Download the PDF version from the publications page.
How it works