Funding to improve your homelands house

This page is for home owners living on homelands and outstations who want to apply for funds to improve their home.

You can apply for $6,000 each year to repair or upgrade your home. This is called the Homelands Extra Allowance.

A ten per cent administration fee will be applied to the funding amount.

When you can apply

Applications open 1 July 2017 and remain open until the funding is spent.

Who can apply

To apply you must fit all of the following:

  • your house and homeland must be already funded by the Housing Maintenance Program
  • your house must be your main home
  • you can't own another home or rent a public housing home
  • children who live with you on the homeland must go to school
  • you must have a job - this can be paid work, community work, training, volunteer work, on a community board or committee
  • your income can't be more than $85,000 in the last financial year
  • you must already be contributing to the upkeep of your house.

The government will check all of the things above to make sure you are eligible.

If you don't have a job, you can still apply if you already get an age, disability or carer's payment.

What you can use the money for

You can use the money for things that improve the health and safety of your home.

This includes any of the following:

  • hot water system
  • stove
  • laundry
  • water leaks
  • kitchen facilities
  • doors, windows and locks
  • fencing
  • concrete
  • toilet and taps
  • electric wiring
  • new roof
  • lights and fans
  • cupboards
  • veranda
  • showers
  • new floor or wall
  • painting
  • disability access
  • battery back-up
  • solar power
  • water and sewerage
  • termite treatment
  • extensions
  • water use and energy efficiency.

What you can't use the money for

You can't use the money for goods such as fuel, generators, fridges and microwaves.

Air conditioners will be approved on an individual basis. This will depend on the available capacity of power in your area.

How to apply

Step 1. Talk to your service provider about the work you would like done on your house.

Read the Homelands extra allowance guidelines (80.4 kb).

Step 2. Fill in the application form. You should include a description of the work you will be doing on your home.

Step 3. Give your form to your service provider or send it to the following address:

Department of Housing and Community Development
Regional and Remote Services
GPO Box 4621
Darwin NT 0801

After you apply

Your application it will be assessed by the government.

Your service providers will tell you if your application has been accepted.

If your application is accepted

If your application is accepted the work on your home can go ahead.

The $6,000 will not be paid to you directly but will go to your service provider, who will do the the work on your home.

If your service provider can't do the work themselves, another provider might be engaged.

Service providers then have to report back to the government on the repairs to your home.

For more information call 1800 031 648 or email

Last updated: 20 June 2018