Remote rent framework

Rental rebates still apply until 6 February 2023.

To read about current maximum rent and rental rebates for houses in remote communities, go to the Northern Territory Government website.

The Northern Territory Government is changing the way it collects rent for remote tenants.

The new remote rent framework is a simplified way of paying rent for remote tenants.

It creates a system that is fair and easy to understand where tenants pay a flat rate of $70 per bedroom, per week, for their house.

Tenants living in remote communities, Alice Springs town camps and Tennant Creek community living areas do not need to pay for a bond.

If tenants are at risk of rental stress, where the rent is more than 25% of total assessable household income, a safety net can be applied.

The rental safety net has been developed to ensure that tenants do not experience rental stress.

In rolling out the new framework, historical rental arrears accrued up until 11 December 2021 have been waived.

The new framework will support a system that is fair, affordable, easy to administer and will provide clarity on rent payable for tenants to avoid debt, and ensure that we have a fair public housing system in place for many years to come.

Why are we doing this?

The remote rent framework replaces an out-of-date system that was confusing for tenants and challenging to administer.

The previous system required income information to be collected for tenants every year across a huge geographical area. Income amounts in remote public housing can change frequently, as can the occupancy of a household, therefore confusion about the cost of rent would often lead to tenants simply not paying.

Nearly $70 million in rent remained uncollected, over 11 years, and therefore was not reinvested back into repairs and maintenance of public housing.

The Northern Territory Government has waived the remote rent debt balance to 11 December 2021, clearing rent debt balances for remote tenants up until this date.

All rent accrual from 12 December 2021 will be actively pursued by the department.

What is changing?

From 6 February 2023:

  1. Rent will become a flat rate of $70 per bedroom per week - up to a maximum of $280. This means if the house has more than 4 bedrooms, no more than $280 per week will be paid.
  2. There will be no more rental rebates.
  3. There will be no more requirement to pay a bond.
  4. The person/s on the tenancy agreement - ‘house boss’ ‘co-boss’ - will be responsible for collecting the rent from everyone who lives at the house to make sure the rent is paid on time.

From 6 February 2023 you must pay $70 per bedroom per week up to a maximum of $280

Where does the rent money go?

The money collected through rent is invested back into communities to improve housing.

The new rent framework will generate an additional $9.7 million in revenue each year, which will be used to address the costs of remote housing services and to enhance our repairs and maintenance program.

It is used for:

  • repairs
  • upgrades
  • building more houses.

Our ability to maintain and grow housing in communities relies on rent.

How does the rental safety net work?

We want to make sure no Territorians are placed under rental stress. For this reason a rental safety net has been developed to ensure that where the rent is more than 25% of total assessable household income, a safety net can be applied.

This will ensure that these tenants stay below the rental stress threshold and limit rent payments to 25% of assessable household income.

When the new framework is implemented on 6 February 2023, the tenancies already identified as 'at risk' of rental stress, on the basis of our housing records, will automatically qualify for the rental safety net and be placed on the lower rent.

Tenants who might be at risk of rental stress will be able to apply for the rental safety net.

How are we letting people know?

Territory Housing has been on the ground in all communities that will be a part of this change.

But we want to ensure our tenants and stakeholders feel informed about the changes, and we will revisit communities, town camps and community living areas to explain the new framework in more detail before the commencement date early in 2023.

We will:

  • keep undertaking face to face engagement across remote communities, Alice Springs town camps and Tennant Creek community living areas
  • develop further in-language materials supporting the change have been developed
  • keep engaging with advocates and stakeholders, and hold a range of sessions about the framework.

There has been a huge push to let people know what we are changing, why we are changing and what the changes will mean for them.

Community engagement schedule

Upcoming face-to-face visits are planned in the below communities to talk about the changes. Please note, travel plans are subject to change depending on weather, transport availability and community matters. Contact your local housing office to get the latest travel plans.

November 2022

CommunityDates
Belyuen 1
Gunbalanya 29, 30
Maningrida 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 11, 1, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 2, 29, 30
Milikapiti 8, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17
Minjilang 15, 16, 17, 29, 30
Nauiyu 22, 23, 24, 25, 30
Nganmarriyanga 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10
Peppimenarti 15, 16, 17, 29
Pirlangimpi 1, 2, 3
Wadeye 8, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 25, 29, 30
Warruwi 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 22, 23, 24
Wurrumiyanga 2, 3, 4, 15, 16, 22, 23, 24, 25

Community Dates
Baines (Bulla/Amanbidji) 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
Bulman / Weemol 9, 10, 11, 12
Kybrook Farm 30
Lajamanu 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
Minyerri 2, 3, 4
Pigeon Hole 1, 2, 3, 4
Yarralin 1, 2, 3, 4

CommunityDates
Angurungu 1 – 17
Gapuwiyak 10, 11
Milingimbi 7, 8, 9
Milyakburra 1 - 17
Ramingining 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
Umbakumba 1 - 17
Yirrkala 21, 22, 23, 24, 25

Community Dates
Alpurrurulam 1, 2, 3, 4
Ampilatwatja 21, 22, 23, 24, 25
Blueberry / Munji Marla 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
Dump Camp/Marla Marla 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
Karguru 28, 29, 30
Mulga/Ngalpa Ngalpa 28, 29, 30

CommunityDates
Areyonga 9
Atitjere 15
Engawala 16
Imanpa 29
Kaltukatjara (Docker River) 23
Pmara Jutunta (Anmatjere or Nturiya (Ti-Tree) 8, 30
Titjikala 1
Wilora 2

Past community visits

Tenancy officers have held face-to-face visits with tenants throughout 2022. The below communities were visited during September and October.

October 2022

  • Belyuen
  • Gunbalanya
  • Maningrida
  • Milikapiti
  • Minjilang
  • Nauiyu
  • Nganmarriyanga
  • Peppimenarti
  • Pirlangimpi
  • Wadeye
  • Warruwi
  • Wurrumiyanga

  • Barunga
  • Beswick
  • Ngukurr
  • Nitmiluk (Manyallaluk)
  • Numbulwar
  • Robinson River

  • Angurugu
  • Galiwinku
  • Milyakburra
  • Ramingining
  • Umbakumba

  • Amoonguna
  • Basso's Farm Camp (Itwiyethwenge)
  • Charles Creek Camp (Anthelk-Ewlpaye)
  • Haasts Bluff
  • Hermannsburg
  • Hoppy's Camp (Lhenpe Artnwe)
  • Ilpiye Ilpiye Camp
  • Kaltukatjara
  • Kintore
  • Kunoth Camp
  • Larapinta Valley Camp (Yarrenyty Arltere)
  • Mt Liebig
  • Mutitjulu
  • Mount Nancy Camp
  • Nyirripi
  • Palmers Camp (Aper-Alwerrknge)
  • Pmara Jutunta (Anmatjere or Nturiya (Ti-Tree))
  • Santa Teresa
  • Titjikala
  • Wilora
  • Willowra
  • Yuendumu

September 2022

  • Belyuen
  • Gunbalanya
  • Maningrida
  • Milikapiti
  • Minjilang
  • Nauiyu
  • Nganmarriyanga
  • Peppimenarti
  • Pirlangimpi
  • Thamarrurr
  • Wadeye
  • Warruwi
  • Wurrumiyanga

  • Baines (Bulla/Amanbidji)
  • Beswick
  • Bulman/Weemol
  • Daguragu
  • Jilminggan
  • Kybrook Farm
  • Ngukurr
  • Nitmiluk (Manyallaluk)
  • Numbulwar

  • Gapuwiyak
  • Gunyangara
  • Yirrkala

  • Ali Curung
  • Davenport

  • Areyonga
  • Atitjere
  • Drive-in Camp (Anthepe)
  • Engawala
  • Finke
  • Hermannsburg
  • Hidden Valley Camp (Ewyenper-Atwatye)
  • Ilparpa Camp (Ilparpa)
  • Imanpa
  • Karnte Camp
  • Kintore
  • Laramba
  • Little Sisters Camp (Inarlenge)
  • Morris Soak Camp (Akngwertnarre)
  • Old Timers Camp (Ilyperenye)
  • Papunya
  • Trucking Yards (Nyewente)
  • Wilora
  • Willowra
  • Yuelamu
  • Yuendumu

Cessation of rebates

From 6 February 2023, remote public housing tenants will no longer need to apply for a rental rebate.

Cessation of bonds

Remote public housing tenants are no longer required to pay bond.

Listen in language

English transcripts and in-language audio recordings are available below.

The English transcripts for each of the files are below.

Audio file 1 - Summary of how the reform will affect you

Department of Housing is changing how much rent is paid in all remote communities. It will be based on how big your house is.

Housing Officers will visit soon with more information.

Audio file 2 - Details of how the reform will affect you

Department of Housing is changing how much rent is paid to make it easier to understand and fairer for everybody in remote communities.

The change means rent will be based on how big your house is and you will no longer need to tell us your income.

Housing Officers will visit soon with more information.

Audio file 3 - Changes to how payments are made

It’s important that everyone who lives in housing pays rent. Rent money goes towards repairs and maintenance and pays for Housing staff to support tenants.

Housing is changing how much rent you need to pay based on how big your house is. Rent will be $70 a week for a one bedroom house, $140 a week for a two bedroom house, $210 for a three bedroom house or maximum of $280 a week for a four or more bedroom house.

Housing Officers can help with Centrelink and financial support services, talking about rent with other tenants who live in your house and transferring to a smaller house if your house is too big

When this change happens you don’t need to sign a new tenancy agreement, we will give you a new payment form if you need to sign one.

Anindilyakwa

Summary of how the reform will affect you
Details of how the reform will affect you
Changes to how payments are made

Anmatyerr

Summary of how the reform will affect you
Details of how the reform will affect you
Changes to how payments are made

Arrernte

Summary of how the reform will affect you
Details of how the reform will affect you
Changes to how payments are made

Burarra

Summary of how the reform will affect you
Details of how the reform will affect you
Changes to how payments are made

Kriol - East Side

Summary of how the reform will affect you
Details of how the reform will affect you
Changes to how payments are made

Kriol - West Side

Summary of how the reform will affect you
Details of how the reform will affect you
Changes to how payments are made

Kunwinjku

Summary of how the reform will affect you
Details off how the reform will affect you
Changes to how payments are made

Maung

Summary of how the reform will affect you
Details of how the reform will affect you
Changes to how payments are made

Murrinh-Patha

Summary of how the reform will affect you
Details of how the reform will affect you
Changes to how payments are made

Pintupi-Luritja

Summary of how the reform will affect you
Details of how the reform will affect you
Changes to how payments are made

Tiwi

Summary of how the reform will affect you
Details of how the reform will affect you
Changes to how payments are made

Warlpiri

Summary of how the reform will affect you
Details of how the reform will affect you
Changes to how payments are made

Yolngu Matha

Summary of how the reform will affect you
Details of how the reform will affect you
Changes to how payments are made

Things to remember

  • Pay your rent on time when you get paid.
  • Take care of your house.
  • Report maintenance.
  • Pay for damages you do.

Contact

Find your local housing office's contact details below.

LocationPhone
Big Rivers region 08 8973 8513
Barkly region 08 8962 4537
Arnhem region 08 8987 0479
Arafura region 08 8995 5122
Central Australia 08 8951 5252
Remote housing and maintenance hotline 1800 104 076

For more information, read the rent policy PDF (900.9 KB).


Last updated: 16 November 2022

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