Apply for priority housing

This page has information about priority housing in the Northern Territory.

Who can apply

You must be eligible for public housing to apply for priority housing.

You can apply for priority housing if you are:

  • homeless
  • at risk of homelessness
  • experiencing domestic or family violence
  • have serious medical or social problems.

If your application is approved you will go on a waiting list.

It may be months or years before you get an offer of housing.

How to apply

Follow these steps to apply.

Step 1: Contact your local housing office

Contact staff at your local housing office to discuss your situation, or call and make an appointment to meet them.

Step 2: Explain your situation 

You will need to tell the Department of Housing why you need priority housing.

You can bring another person along for support to help you talk about your situation.

To check that you have all the documents you may need - if staff say you are eligible to apply. You can download and read copies the priority housing form and the housing form. 

Step 3: Staff will check if you are eligible

At your meeting, staff will ask you to provide documents that support your application for housing. 

This can include any of the following:

  • bank statements
  • letter from your doctor
  • letter from your social worker
  • copy of a current domestic violence order or a police report.

You will be told during your meeting if you are eligible to apply. 

If you are not already on the public housing waiting list, staff can help you apply for public housing at the same time as you apply for priority housing. 

Step 4: Fill in the form

You will need to fill in the priority housing form and, if you need to, the housing application form.

You will also need to provide all of the following:

  • official ID such as a driver licence, birth certificate or passport
  • your current bank statement
  • income statement - such as Centrelink or payslips. 

After your appointment

Your application will be reviewed to make sure you are eligible for public housing. 

If your application is approved

You will be sent a letter to confirm your application has been approved and you will be placed on a waiting list

You will be offered accommodation when you reach the top of the wait list and a suitable property becomes available. 

If your application is not approved

You will be sent a letter explaining why your application has not been approved. 

All applications that are not approved are automatically reviewed a second time before this letter is sent to you.

The letter will also tell you how to appeal the decision

You can also ask to remain on the general housing wait list and you will be offered accommodation when it is your turn.

Short term accommodation

If you need immediate help, the ShelterMe website offers an online directory with information about accommodation options and support services across the NT including:

  • crisis 
  • transitional 
  • short term 
  • low cost options
  • supported accommodation 
  • and other services.

Other options include applying for an interest free loan to get into a private rental accommodation.

You can also look in the Yellow Pages for hostels, boarding houses or motels in your area. 

Contact your local housing office for more information.

Last updated: 19 April 2016