Affordable rental properties for key service workers

If you’re looking for a rental and work in a key service industry in the Northern Territory (NT), you may be able to apply for a rental subsidy scheme.

This includes the:

  • Affordable Housing Scheme
  • Rent Choice Private Rental Subsidy Scheme.

Find out if you're eligible and how to apply below.

Under this scheme, the NT Government leases private properties for eligible tenants to sub-lease at 70% of market rates.

They're managed by contracted property managers and are available in:

  • Darwin
  • Palmerston
  • Coolalinga
  • Tennant Creek
  • Alice Springs.

Who can apply

To apply for the Affordable Housing Scheme, you must:

  • be able to show you can make regular rental payments
  • have at least one adult member of the household employed in a key service industry
  • not:
    • currently own a property in the NT
    • get a rental subsidy from your employer
    • be directly employed in the resources sector
    • exceed income limit below - income is only assessed for adults and independent minors. Dependent minor income is not assessed.

The figures below are updated annually.

Household type Maximum gross household income (before tax)
One adult $85,000
Two adults $109,490
Three adults $139,787
Four adults $170,084
Sole parent with one child $109,566
Sole parent with two children $135,837
Sole parent with three children $162,108
Couple with one child $135,761
Couple with two children $162,032
Couple with three children $188,303

If the above is not relevant, you can also calculate your household income using the following figures:

Household Maximum gross household income (before tax)
First adult $79,193
Each additional adult $30,297
First sole parent $83,295
Each child $26,271

How to apply

To apply or for more information, contact the property manager in your region below.

You can also view available properties on their website.

RegionContactPhoneWebsiteEmail
Palmerston and Coolalinga Elders Real Estate 08 8931 5027 Elders Real Estateaffordablerentals@elders.com.au
Darwin and Top End Elders Real Estate 08 8931 5027 Elders Real Estateaffordablerentals@elders.com.au
Alice Springs Community Housing Central Australia08 8952 1266  info@chca.org.au
Tennant Creek Andrews Property 08 8962 2111Andrews Property tennantcreek@andrewsproperty.com.au

Through this scheme, the NT Government has funded the Venture Housing Company to lease private properties at 60 to 80% of market rates.

These properties are available in:

  • Greater Darwin
  • Palmerston
  • Katherine
  • Tennant Creek
  • Alice Springs.

Tenant eligibility is based on income and employment in specific occupations in priority industries. Read more about the NT skilled occupation priority list on hard to fill jobs in the NT.

How to apply

For more information and to register your interest, go to the Venture Housing Company website.


Last updated: 15 March 2022

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