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:

  • have at least one adult member of the household employed in a key service industry
  • be able to show you can make regular rental payments
  • not:
    • currently own a property in the NT
    • get a rental subsidy from your employer or another housing program
    • 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 $113,323
Three adults $144,681
Four adults $176,039
Sole parent with one child $113,402
Sole parent with two children $140,593
Sole parent with three children $167,784
Couple with one child $140,514
Couple with two children $167,705
Couple with three children $194,894

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 $81,965
Each additional adult $31,358
First sole parent $86,211
Each child $27,191

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.

Palmerston and Coolalinga Elders Real Estate 08 8946 0524Elders Real
Darwin and Top End Elders Real Estate 08 8946 0524Elders Real
Alice Springs Community Housing Central Australia08 8952 1266
Tennant Creek Andrews Property 08 8962 2111Andrews Property

Through this scheme, the Venture Housing Company offers private rental subsidies to eligible key workers in:

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

These subsidies are funded by the NT Government and are paid to the real estate agent to cover up to 12 months of rent.

Who can apply

To be eligible, you must be under the income limit and be in a priority industry occupation in the above locations.

How to apply

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

Last updated: 12 September 2022

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