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 paid. 

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

Deaths In Custody

If you would like to access Pay The Rent funds for support for a death in custody, please click the Deaths In Custody button below.

The form will take 5 minutes to complete. The form helps us quickly gather the information so we can support you. Alternatively, please email

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 – information you will need: funeral home details, date of passing and bank details for Sorry Business payments. The form helps us quickly gather the information so we can support you.

For urgent matters, please text the Funerals Support number. Please note that the Funerals/Sorry Business support phone number only operates Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10am – 12pm. 

Funeral Support Ph: 0413 279 087

Community initiatives

Pay The Rent has funds available to assist community initiatives that promote self determination, social justice and sovereignty of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people.

To be eligible for funding, the initiative must be delivered by an established Community group, and must not be receiving funding from Government that has any form of multiple obligation. Funding is not intended to provide personal financial relief nor is it intended to be used for the purchase of land. 

Thank you for your interest in Pay the Rent – Community initiatives. We have closed this arm of Pay the Rent for 2021; we look forward to receiving your application in the new year.

Current Rent Distribution

*Mutual Aid: A decision has been made to no longer offer mutual aid

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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