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Public housing wait times

Wait times for public housing vary, depending on each applicant's circumstances.

They are affected by a number of factors such as:

  • the general demand for public housing
  • number of approved priority applications
  • availability and turnover of suitable homes in each location.

Below are the estimated waiting times for urban public housing as of 31 December 2021.

Estimated wait times for public housing (years)
Region General wait times Priority wait times
1 bedroom 2 bedroom ≥3 bedroom 1 bedroom 2 bedroom ≥3 bedroom
Darwin/Casuarina 6-8 2-4 4-6 4-6 2-4 2-4
Palmerston 6-8 2-4 4-6 4-6 2-4 2-4
Katherine 6-8 4-6 6-8 4-6 4-62-4
Nhulunbuy 4-6 4-6 4-6 4-6 4-6 4-6
Tennant Creek 8-10 6-8 4-6 4-6 4-6 2-4
Alice Springs 6-8 6-8 6-8  6-8 6-8 6-8

Applications for public housing

If your application is successful, you will go on a wait list.

The wait list is produced in date order from when your application is received.

It includes general, priority and transfer applicants.

Below is the total number of current applications for urban public housing as of 31 December 2021.

Applications for Public Housing
Region General Applications Priority Applications
1 bedroom 2 bedroom ≥3 bedroomTotal 1 bedroom 2 bedroom ≥3 bedroomTotal
Darwin region  822143114 1,079602146171919
Palmerston  3056460 4292155855 328
Katherine  2146162 3378134 42 157
Nhulunbuy  423061 133 8817 33
Tennant Creek  75 2941 145  25 10 4580
Alice Springs  462218219 899  180119 158 457
Total 1,920 545 5573,022 1,111 375 488 1,974

Public housing allocations

Allocations from the wait list are dependent on the availability of housing stock, which is generally linked to the number of households leaving public housing.

The number of urban public housing allocations from 1 January to 31 December 2021 is shown below.

Allocations for public housing
Region General allocations Priority allocations
1 bedroom 2 bedroom ≥3 bedroomTotal 1 bedroom 2 bedroom ≥3 bedroomTotal
Darwin region 96264110121537
Palmerston 1296271271433
Katherine 58  7 20  6 37 16
Nhulunbuy  2  1 3  1 1
Tennant Creek 1  232 1 3
Alice Springs 123924861226
Total 392851118382850 116

Applications for public housing compared to vacant public housing homes

Below is the total number of applications (general, priority and transfer) for public housing compared to vacant public housing homes as of 31 December 2021.

Vacant homes includes dwellings undergoing vacancy assessments, maintenance, major upgrade and that are available to allocate.

Region 1 bedroom 2 bedroom ≥ 3 bedroomTotal
Waitlist Vacant homesWaitlist Vacant homesWaitlist Vacant homesWaitlist Vacant homes
Darwin region 1,574941555 39220 2,38184
Palmerston 5928 1638 17016925 32
Katherine 3084 110 9 1173 535 16
Nhulunbuy 501 38 84 1 172 2
Tennant Creek 102   411951 238 2
Alice Springs 6737 3696 457 17 1,49930
Total 3,299 29 1,13679 1,315 58 5,750 166

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Last updated: 11 February 2022

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