Centre for Affordable Housing

Household median incomes 2017-18

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) 2017-18ANNUAL INCOME RANGE (REMAINDER OF NSW) 2017-18
Very Low 50% median $42.900$36.700
Low 50% - 80% median $68,600$58,700
Moderate 80% - 120% median $103,000$88,000

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 members

Gross annual household income
Very LowLowModerate
Sydney
Single adult $25,300$40,600$60,800
Each additional adult (18 years or over) Add $12,700 to the income limitAdd $20,300 to the income limitAdd $30,400 to the income limit
Each additional child (under 18 years) Add $7,600Add $12,200Add $18,200
New South Walesd
Single adult $22,400$35,800$53,700
Each additional adult (18 years or over) Add $11,200 to the income limitAdd $17,900 to the income limitAdd $26,900 to the income limit
Each additional child (under 18 years) Add $6,700Add $10,700Add $16,100

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 $25,300$40,600$60,800
Single + 1$32,900$52,800$79,000
Single + 2$40,500$65,000$97,200
Single + 3$48,100$77,200$115,400
Single + 4$55,700$89,400$133,600
Couple$38,000$60,900$91,200
Couple + 1$45,600$73,100$109,400
Couple + 2$53,200$85,300$127,600
Couple + 3$60,800$97,500$145,800
Couple + 4$68,400$109,700$164,000

B: REMAINDER OF NEW SOUTH WALES

Household type Very lowLowModerate
Single $22,400 $35,800 $53,700
Single + 1 $29,100 $46,500$69,800
Single + 2 $35,800 $57,200 $85,900
Single + 3 $42,500 $67,900 $102,000
Single + 4 $49,200 $78,600 $116,500
Couple $33,600 $53,700$80,600
Couple + 1 $40,300$64,400$96,700
Couple + 2 $47,000$75,100$112,800
Couple + 3 $53,700 $85,800$128,900
Couple + 4 $60,400$96,500$145,000