When applying for housing benefits, be sure to check which benefit is right for you and your family. You can normally be paid only one housing benefit at a time.
General Housing Allowance
General Housing Allowance is intended for low-income households. It is available for both rental and owner-occupied homes.
Housing Allowance for Pensioners
If you are a pensioner who lives alone or with a spouse, you can be paid Housing Allowance for Pensioners.
If you are being paid a Spouse's Pension and you attend school, you can choose whether to apply for the Housing Allowance for Pensioners or for the Housing Supplement for Students.
Housing Supplement for Students
You can be paid a Housing Supplement if you have no children and live in a rented, right-of-occupancy or partial-ownership home. If you do not qualify for the Housing Supplement, you can apply for the General Housing Allowance (for example if you have a child living with you or you are an owner-occupant).
Housing Assistance for Conscripts
If you are performing conscript service, you may be eligible for Housing Assistance for conscripts. The Housing Assistance can also be paid to your family members.
- Home and family - Families with children: benefits and housing allowances (pdf)
- Pensions and retirement - Pension security, housing allowance and care allowance (pdf, 317 kb)
Last modified 28/05/2015