Visitors in public housing

There are restrictions on how long visitors can stay with you in your public housing property in the Northern Territory (NT).

Visitors to your home can stay for up to 14 days. Sometimes visitors may need to stay for cultural, medical, sporting or family reasons.

If you want a visitor to stay longer than 14 days you must apply for permission from your Department of Housing office

To help you and your visitors understand the conditions for managing visitors in public housing, you can listen to the audio recordings and downloadable files in different languages.

How many visitors are allowed

The number of visitors you can invite to stay depends on the number of people living in your house and the number of bedrooms you have.

How to apply

To apply for permission for your visitor you must follow these steps: 

Step 1. Fill in the visitor extended stay form.

Include the following details of people staying with you:

  • number of visitors
  • names, including other given names
  • date of birth
  • phone number
  • current residential address
  • how long they are staying
  • reason for staying
  • arrival date of visitors
  • number of dependents with visitor.

 Step 2. Submit your application to your local housing office.

When you can't apply

Your application may not be approved if any of the following apply to your visitors:

  • they could cause overcrowding
  • they are former public housing tenants or occupants of tenancy that was terminated by the Department of Housing in the last two years 
  • they cannot prove they have a permanent home elsewhere
  • they owe money to the department.

If your visitors cause problems

What you can do

Any of the following: 

  • ask them to leave
  • call the NT Police on 131 444
  • call your public housing safety officer on 1800 685 743
  • contact your housing office.

What the department can do 

The department can ask your visitors to leave for any of the following reasons:

  • you don't want them to stay but find it hard to ask them to leave
  • overcrowding is a concern 
  • your visitors are causing antisocial behaviour.

The department can also take the following legal steps: 

  • issue a notice to stop certain behaviours 
  • issue a notice for your visitors to leave
  • issue a trespass order 
  • issue a notice of a breach of tenancy which you can show your visitors. 

Indigenous language recordings

Listen below to find out conditions for visitors in your public housing home.

How long visitors can stay

Anindilyakwa (4.1 mb)
Eastern/Central Arrernte (3.4 mb)
Eastside Kriol (2.4 mb)
Murrinh Patha (4.5 mb)
Luritja/Pintupi (3.3 mb)
Pitjantjatjara (3.2 mb)
Warlpiri (2.9 mb)
Yolngu Matha (3.3 mb)

How to apply for a visitor to stay

Anindilyakwa (4.0 mb)
Eastern/Central Arrernte (4.1 mb)
Eastside Kriol (4.8 mb)
Murrinh Patha (4.6 mb)
Luritja/Pintupi (3.7 mb)
Pitjantjatjara (4.3 mb)
Warlpiri (3.9 mb)
Yolngu Matha (3.6 mb)

How many visitors can stay

Anindilyakwa (2.5 mb)
Eastern/Central Arrernte (2.3 mb)
Eastside Kriol (1.4 mb)
Murrinh Patha (2.5 mb)
Luritja/Pintupi (2.4 mb)
Pitjantjatjara (2.2 mb)
Warlpiri (2.5 mb)
Yolngu Matha (1.9 mb)

Help to manage visitors

Anindilyakwa (7.6 mb)
Eastern/Central Arrernte (6.7 mb)
Eastside Kriol (5.3 mb)
Murrinh Patha (8.2 mb)
Luritja/Pintupi (7.5 mb)
Pitjantjatjara (7.1 mb)
Warlpiri (8.2 mb)
Yolngu Matha (7.3 mb)

Why is there a time limit for visitors

Anindilyakwa (7.2 mb)
Eastern/Central Arrernte (5.5 mb)
Eastside Kriol (3.8 mb)
Murrinh Patha (7.2 mb)
Luritja/Pintupi (6.1 mb)
Pitjantjatjara (5.3 mb)
Warlpiri (6.6 mb)
Yolngu Matha (5.3 mb)

When applications cannot be approved

Anindilyakwa (9.4 mb)
Eastern/Central Arrernte (8.1 mb)
Eastside Kriol (6.3 mb)
Murrinh Patha (9.9 mb)
Luritja/Pintupi (8.0 mb)
Pitjantjatjara (7.7 mb)
Warlpiri (8.2 mb)
Yolngu Matha (6.5 mb)

When visitors cause overcrowding or become antisocial

Anindilyakwa (15.4 mb)
Eastern/Central Arrernte (13.8 mb)
Eastside Kriol (10.3 mb)
Murrinh Patha (16.8 mb)
Luritja/Pintupi (15.0 mb)
Pitjantjatjara (14.1 mb)
Warlpiri (16.2 mb)
Yolngu Matha (14.3 mb)

Tenants in remote areas

Anindilyakwa (2.6 mb)
Eastern/Central Arrernte (2.2 mb)
Eastside Kriol (1.3 mb)
Murrinh Patha (2.2 mb)
Luritja/Pintupi (2.2 mb)
Pitjantjatjara (2.5 mb)
Warlpiri (2.2 mb)
Yolngu Matha (1.9 mb)

Fact sheets in other languages

Arabic (223.8 kb) 
Bahasa Indonesia (39.8 kb)
Bahasa Indonesia (101.6 kb) 
Burmese (82.8 kb)
Greek (49.9 kb)
Greek (293.9 kb) 
Khmer (243.5 kb) 
Portuguese (43.8 kb)
Portuguese (173.7 kb) 
Swahili (39.9 kb)
Swahili (169.4 kb) 
Thai (46.5 kb)
Thai (392.1 kb)
Vietnamese (46.0 kb)
Vietnamese (244.8 kb)

Last updated: 27 June 2017