For Mob

All decisions about how Rent is spent and administered are made by a Sovereign Body and the Pay the Rent Sovereign Body is only accountable to mob.  We will have regular meetings to report back to the Aboriginal community about initiatives funded and support provided. The first meeting was held in February 2020 at the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service, but Coronavirus has stopped us holding further meetings for the time being.

Pay the Rent is not accountable to rent payers in relation to how Rent is spent. 

Rent money is spent on both community survival needs and the fight for justice.

Any inquiries – please contact the Pay the Rent Executive Officer

Funerals and sorry business

Pay the Rent is able to contribute towards funeral expenses, as well as general expenses during Sorry Business.

To apply, please click the Funerals button below. The form will take 5 minutes to complete.

The information you will need are: the funeral home details, date of passing and bank details for Sorry Business payments. Do not upload the Funeral Home invoice, PTR staff will deal with this for you.

Please note that the Funerals/Sorry Business phone only operates Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10am to 2pm. 

Funeral Support Ph: 0475 721 737

Community initiatives

The Pay the Rent Community Initiative Program has funds available to assist projects that promote our principles of self-determination, social justice and the sovereignty of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

In line with these principles, our core funding priorities are:

  • Justice-led campaigns;
  • Protests & direct actions*;
  • Tent Embassies;
  • Other initiatives which are at their core about strengthening mob and dismantling the colony.

To be eligible for funding, the initiative must be delivered by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Community groups and that do not  receive funding from Government.

We do not fund:

  • Any initiatives directed towards personal financial gain;
  • Mutual aid;
  • Native title or land disputes between mobs;
  • Purchase of land.

We will consider Community Initiative applications once a month at our Board meeting. After this, applicants will be contacted with the outcome by the Executive Officer.
*If you are having a snap action, please get in contact ASAP with the Executive Officer at

To apply, please click the Community Initiatives button below. Applications must be complete to be considered.

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“Pay The Rent offers all Australians an opportunity to work outside of government to right the wrongs.”

Ted Wilkes

life-time fighter for Aboriginal rights & Nyungar elder of the Wilak clan

“Pay the Rent is from grassroots for grassroots. No strings attached to government agenda. It assists Sovereign grassroots fight the many campaigns and struggles we face everyday.”

Lidia Thorpe

Indigenous activist

“We all exist on lands which have never been ceded. Righting the past wrongs is a social responsibility we all share. Proud advocate of Pay The Rent.”

Hana Assafiri OAM

founder, Moroccan Soup Bar

“We need to stop paying lip service to decolonisation and start Paying The Rent to the First Nations people.”

Clementine Ford

Author & commentator

“Our children are our future. We need to look after our future. Pay the Rent Grassroots. The best group out.”

Auntie Rieo

Staunch Jinaburrah/Bundjalung elder, Senior GMAR Victoria & activist for Justice & Equity