The Victorian Government made available a rent relief grant, a subsidy up to $3000 for renters who had negotiated rent reduction agreements but were still paying more than 30% of their income as rent.
The grant is no longer available. However, renters who had already made rent reduction agreements, and/or had a referral number from Consumer Affairs Victoria by midnight on 28 March 2021, will still be able to apply. Renters who had a dispute registered with Consumer Affairs Victoria and who will be referred to VCAT may also be able to apply if VCAT makes an order. The Department of Families, Fairness and Housing will continue to assess these applications and deal with other matters relating to the grant. More information is on its website.