Affordable rentals: key workers

If you are looking for somewhere to rent and you work in one of the Northern Territory's (NT) key service industries, you may be eligible to apply for an affordable rental home.

The NT Government head leases dwellings from the private sector to provide more affordable rental homes around the NT.

These are then subleased to key workers.


Key service jobs are listed on the NT's skilled occupation priority list.

For information and list updates, read high demand and critical jobs.

You or one of your household must have a job in one of the following key service areas to be eligible to apply:

  • tourism and hospitality
  • education and childcare
  • health and emergency services
  • public service front line positions only
  • community and social services
  • transport and logistics
  • agriculture and fisheries
  • construction
  • manufacturing
  • real estate and property management
  • telecommunications
  • media and advertising
  • sales and marketing
  • recreation, arts and entertainment.

Other conditions

In addition to the meeting the conditions above you cannot:

  • currently own a property in the NT
  • get a rental subsidy from your employer
  • be directly employed in the resources sector.

To apply you need to meet a number of conditions.

You must be able to show you can make regular rental payments.

At least one member of the household must be employed.

Household income limits

You must meet income limits to be eligible.

If your household income is just above these limits and you are working in a priority skilled job your application can be looked at again on a case by case basis.

Household type Maximum gross household income (before tax)
One adult $85,000
Two adults $106,592
Three adults $136,087
Four adults $165,582
Sole parent with one child $106,665
Sole parent with two children $132,240
Sole parent with three children $157,815
Couple with one child $132,167
Couple with two children $157,742
Couple with three children $183,317

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 $77,097
Each additional adult $29,495
First sole parent $81,090
Each child $25,575

You can apply to rent these homes at 30% below market rates in Darwin, Palmerston, Tennant Creek and Alice Springs.

They are managed by private rental property agents.

You can get an application form and more information by contacting the affordable rentals property manager in your region and you can also view all rental options on the agent's website.

Palmerston and Coolalinga Elders Real Estate 08 8931 5027 Elders Real Estate 
Darwin and Top End Elders Real Estate 08 8931 5027 Elders Real Estate 
Alice Springs LJ Hooker  08 8950 6333 LJ Hooker 
Tennant Creek Andrews Property 08 8962 2111Andrews Property

Venture Housing Company is a government initiated not-for-profit affordable housing rental company that offers eligible Darwin residents rentals below market rates.

There are also more affordable rental options available in the private market.

Last updated: 11 February 2020

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