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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 30 June 2022.

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 8-10 4-6 4-6 6-8 2-4 2-4
Palmerston 6-8 2-4 4-6 6-8 2-4 2-4
Katherine 6-8 4-6 6-8 4-6 4-6 2-4
Nhulunbuy 6-8 6-8 6-8 4-6 4-6 4-6
Tennant Creek 8-10 6-8 6-8 6-8 4-6 4-6
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 30 June 2022.

Applications for public housing
Region General applications Priority applications
1 bedroom 2 bedroom ≥3 bedroomTotal 1 bedroom 2 bedroom ≥3 bedroomTotal
Darwin region  826150111 1,087644162178984
Palmerston  3087067 4452307055 355
Katherine  2196367 3498131 45 157
Nhulunbuy  432955 127 71116 34
Tennant Creek  743143 1482210 4476
Alice Springs  480230213923184136 162 482
Total 1,950 573 5563,079 1,1684205002,088

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 July 2021 to 30 June 2022 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 1144196162648
Palmerston 1194241252037
Katherine 33393 45 12
Nhulunbuy -1           -1--- -
Tennant Creek 1 -343-2 5
Alice Springs 46616581427
Total 30232073293367 129

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 30 June 2022.

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

Region 1 bedroom 2 bedroom ≥3 bedroomTotal
Wait list Vacant homesWait list Vacant homesWait list Vacant homesWait list Vacant homes
Darwin region 1,6201643539 38813 2,44368
Palmerston 6188 19213 17916989 37
Katherine 3135 110 5 1277 550 17
Nhulunbuy 521411752 1684
Tennant Creek 98- 431962 2373
Alice Springs 70012 3992 455 19 1,55433
Total 3,40142 1,22061 1,32059 5,941 162

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Last updated: 19 July 2022

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