Housing initiatives and strategies


Public housing safety officers

Public housing safety officers work with tenants, neighbours and visitors to investigate, respond to and reduce antisocial behaviour in Alice Springs and Darwin public housing.

Red card policy

The red card policy scores the type and seriousness of antisocial behaviour in terms of demerit points. Tenants that are regular offenders will have demerit points issued to them and if they reach six demerit points may be evicted.

Visitor management policy

This policy gives tenants the support they need to manage their visitors and maintain their private space.

Acceptable behaviour agreements

This is a written agreement that the tenant has with the department not to engage in antisocial behaviour in or near the property.

Housing and Police working together

The department and the NT Police have an agreement to work closely together in regard to antisocial behaviour in and around public housing properties.

Read more about safety and antisocial behaviour in public housing on the Northern Territory Government website.

If you are currently, working and living in the Northern Territory the Affordable Housing Scheme provides rental options for those in key service industries.

For more information and to find out if you are eligible to apply, go to Northern Territory Government website.

For renters

There are a number of initiatives open to people renting in the NT.

Head-leasing initiative

This program provides NT Government backed head leases over privately owned dwellings, which are then rented to key service industry workers at 30% below market rates.

More information about the head-leasing initiative, including criteria can be found on the Northern Territory Government website.

National Rental Affordability Scheme

Provides affordable rentals to eligible low income earners at no more than 80% of market rates.

Venture Housing Company

Provides affordable rental housing for low to moderate income earners in the Territory who are unable to afford private rents and may not qualify for public housing.

For buyers

The NT Government is encouraging home ownership through initiatives, such as the:

Home Buyers Initiative

Provides opportunities for eligible NT residents to purchase their own land at affordable price points.

HomeBuild Access

Provides low deposit and low interest loans, targeted at new dwellings, eligible to NT residents.

Find out more about HomeBuild Access initiatives.

Community housing is social and affordable housing for people on very low to moderate incomes. This type of housing is owned or managed by a community housing organisation. These organisations are generally not-for-profit.

Community housing organisations are registered under the National Regulatory System for Community Housing that aims to ensure a well-governed, well-managed and viable sector.

Territory Families, Housing and Communities is working in partnership with the community housing sector to deliver a contemporary and sophisticated social and affordable housing system. Community housing providers may be assisted by the agency through a combination of funding initiatives and policies that aim to support their viability.

Community housing providers are able to deliver more cost effective housing services because they are able to access a diverse range of funding streams including:

  • tax exemptions
  • Commonwealth Rent Assistance
  • Specialist Disability Accommodation
  • National Housing Finance Investment Corporation.

The community housing sector has a strong and recognised track record of providing high quality tenancy management and achieving overall high tenant satisfaction.

Territory Families, Housing and Communities is committed to supporting the growth and development of the community housing sector with the release of a growth strategy and commencement of transfer opportunities in 2021-22.

Read the NT Community Housing Growth Strategy 2021-2030 Discussion Paper. PDF (1.4 MB)

Registered community housing providers

There are 8 community housing providers in the Northern Territory registered under the National Regulatory System for Community Housing.

Community Housing ProviderTier of registration
Anglicare NT LtdTier 3
Anindilyakwa Housing Aboriginal CorporationTier 2
Community Housing Central Australia (CHCA)Tier 2
The Salvation Army HousingTier 2
Top End Association for Mental Health IncTier 3
Venture Housing CompanyTier 2
Yilli Rreung Housing Aboriginal CorporationTier 2
YWCATier 3

To keep houses safe, it is important that they are maintained and repaired as quickly as possible, when required.

The Department of Territory Families, Housing and Communities is currently responsible for repairs and maintenance of remote public housing.

The department has engaged contractors to deliver tenancy management, and repairs and maintenance services, in remote communities. For minor repairs and maintenance items that do not need a qualified tradesman such as a plumber or electrician, there are currently housing maintenance officers.

Housing inspections are conducted each year by tenancy contractors, repairs and maintenance contractors and the department.

From 1 July 2021, the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics will be undertaking Housing Maintenance Services on behalf of the Department of Territory Families, Housing and Communities.

A new Housing Maintenance Services model will be phased in following the transition, which will include a dedicated contractor for a community, or cluster of communities, who will allocate the works accordingly.  It is important to note that staff will not be required to relocate under the arrangements.

You will be advised before any changes are made to the way you report any repairs and maintenance issues.

You can continue reporting repairs and maintenance issues to your local housing maintenance officer or the local community housing officer. Alternatively you can contact the Department of Territory Families, Housing and Communities.

If something breaks or stops working you should report it straight away.

Some things will be fixed more quickly than others. Things that are dangerous will be repaired as a priority such as:

  • blocked toilets, blocked drains, or sewage leaks
  • leaking water mains and pipes
  • exposed electrical wires
  • gas leaks.

You should also report things like:

  • dripping taps or taps that are tight to turn
  • stove elements that are not working
  • fans that are not working properly
  • power points that are not working.

The sooner you report the item to your housing officer, the sooner it can be fixed.

You can read about repairs and maintenance, on the Northern Territory Government website.

Public housing tenants who take pride in their house and yard are being rewarded for their efforts.

Formerly known as the “Public Housing Garden Competition”, the “Pride in your Place awards” are open to all public housing tenants in urban and remote areas of the Northern Territory.

Tenants are eligible to win a monthly prize of a $200 gift voucher and a certificate signed by the Minister for Territory Families and Urban Housing or Minister for Remote Housing and Town Camps, depending on location.

The monthly awards are designed to recognise and thank tenants who look after their garden and maintain their property.

Tenants can be nominated any time during the year by a staff member from Territory Families, Housing and Communities.

So whether a tenant has an arid garden, their fruit trees are at their best in the wet, or their pot plants are in top shape in the dry — any public housing tenant is in with a chance to be one of our monthly winners.

To find out more, contact your local housing tenancy officer.

2021 winners:

March — Kevin and Melissa Collins, Moulden

February — John Goninon, Palmerston

January — Ricky Coulthard, Alice Springs

2020 winners:

November — Maureen and Murray Smart, Johnston

October — Jimmy Holt, Tennant Creek

September — Fred Skalko, Katherine

August — Sharon Kenny, Alice Springs

July — Bunbapuy Whitehead, Yirrkala

June — Christine Pascoe, Maningrida

May — Jesse Miller, Abbotts Camp

April — Val Brearly and Robert Marshall, Katherine

March — Shirley Lewis-May, Tennant Creek

February — Anita Palmer, Barunga

January — Walter Weeks, Johnson

2019 winners:

November — Susan Doolan and Kenneth Hayes, Finke

October — Barbara Bursa and Pranom Kulsuwan, Woodroffe

September — Joelene Paddy and Dean Oliver, Santa Teresa

August — Hilmo Jahic, Nhulunbuy

July — Cecily Nixon, Pirlangimpi

June — Lack Phoneyiem, Malak

May — Jenneke Matthes, Woodroffe

April — Robert Peckham, Tennant Creek

March — Nerissa Nadjalaburnburn, Gunbalanya

February — Christine Guyula, Galiwin'ku

January — Filomena Lemos, Bakewell

2018 winners:

November — Sylvia Neale, Alice Springs

October — Beryl Gleeson, Humpty Doo

September — Herta and Ellen Hakata, Fannie Bay

August — Eva Cantrell, Nhulunbuy

July — David Riley and Laney Tracker, Alpurrurulam

June — Melita and Virgiloio Marquez, Karama

May - Malcolm and Sacha Loy, Alice Springs

April — Rhoda Bobby, Pigeon Hole

March — Cassandra Campbell, Alice Springs

February — Myrtle McBean, Katherine

A home for all Territorians – Northern Territory Housing Strategy 2020-2025 PDF (6.1 MB) was officially released in December 2019.

The vision of the strategy is a home for all Territorians - housing that enables social and economic wellbeing and strong communities.

The strategy sets out an overarching framework, guiding principles and actions that will promote increased access to social and affordable housing, private rental and home ownership across urban, regional and remote communities.

It builds on existing programs and will leverage new ideas and partnerships to create improved outcomes for individuals, families and communities.

The Department of Local Government, Housing and Community Development will deliver the strategy over the next five years in close partnership with other NT Government agencies, communities, non-government sector and local business organisations.

The Northern Territory has the highest rate of homelessness in Australia, at almost 12 times the national average.

The NT Homelessness Strategy 2018-23 aims to strengthen the foundations of the service system to deliver improved housing and support outcomes for Territorians who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

To deliver these outcomes, the strategy focuses on five priority actions to achieve service improvements across a range of key areas.

The NT Homelessness Strategy 2018-23 PDF (11.5 MB).

Last updated: 07 January 2016

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