Centre for Affordable Housing

Household median incomes 2016-17

The following tables are to be used by tenancy managers to determine income eligibility of individuals and households. Where dwellings receive Government financial assistance under the National Rental Affordability Scheme, the eligibility of tenants will be determined against the set income limits applied by the Australian Government’s Department of Social Services (DSS). The NRAS income limits for households can be found on the DSS webpage.

Table 1: median household income levels by income band

INCOME BANDS% OF MEDIAN INCOMEANNUAL INCOME RANGE (SYDNEY) 2016-17ANNUAL INCOME RANGE (NSW) 2016-17
Very Low50% median$42,300$36,100
Low50% - 80% median$67,600$57,800
Moderate80% - 120% median$101,400$86,700

Calculating household income bands by household size

To determine the Income Band by Household Size, take the following steps:

  • Step 1: Add up the number of adults (18 years old or over) in the household.
  • Step 2: Add up the number of children (under 18 years old) in the household.
  • Step 3: For each adult and child add up the income allowance using the figures in Table 2 .

Examples of Income Bands by Household Size are provided below in Tables 3A and 3B.

Table 2: household income bands by household size

Household membersGross annual household income
Very lowLowModerate
Sydney
Single adult$25,000$40,000$59.900
Each additional adult (18 years or over)Add $12,500 to the income limitAdd $20,000 to the income limitAdd $30,000 to the income limit
Each additional child (under 18 years)Add $7,500Add $12,000Add $18,000
New South Wales
Single adult$22,000$35,200$52,900
Each additional adult (18 years or over)Add $11,000 to the income limitAdd $17,600 to the income limitAdd $26,500 to the income limit
Each additional child (under 18 years)Add $6,600Add $10,600Add $15,950

TABLE 3*: HOUSEHOLD INCOME BANDS BY HOUSEHOLD SIZE

For convenience, the information in Table 2 has been extrapolated to provide a quick reference guide to maximum income levels for a range of different household sizes and combinations. Table 3A is for households in the Sydney statistical district (as defined by ABS) while Table 3B is for the rest of NSW.

A: SYDNEY REGION

Household typeVery lowLowModerate
Single$25,000$40,000$59,900
Single + 1$32,500$52,000$77,900
Single + 2$40,000$64,000$95,900
Single + 3$47,500$76,000$113,900
Single + 4$55,000$88,000$131,900
Couple$37,500$60,000$89,900
Couple + 1$45,000$72,000$107,900
Couple + 2$52,500$84,000$125,900
Couple + 3$60,000$96,000$143,900
Couple + 4$67,500$108,000$161,900

B: REMAINDER OF NEW SOUTH WALES

Household typeVery lowLowModerate
Single$22,000$35,200$52,900
Single + 1$28,600$45,800$68,800
Single + 2$35,200$56,400$84,700
Single + 3$41,800$67,000$100,600
Single + 4$48,400$77,600$116,500
Couple$33,000$52,800$79,400
Couple + 1$39,600$63,400$95,300
Couple + 2$46,200$74,000$111,200
Couple + 3$52,800$84,600$127,100
Couple + 4$59,400$95,200$143,000