Public housing rent calculation changes

The Northern Territory Government is changing the way it calculates urban public housing rent.

Household income is currently assessed anywhere from 10 to 23 per cent to calculate rebated rent, while other public housing authorities interstate generally set rent at a consistent level of 25 per cent of household income.

A new framework is being introduced to make it simpler, more equitable for all public housing tenants, and to bring it into line with our neighbouring states.

From October 1, 2018:

  • All new urban public housing tenants will have rebated rent set at 25 per cent of assessable income.
  • All existing urban public tenants will transition over five years to a rebated rent set at 23 per cent of assessable income.
  • There will be some changes to income types used to assess eligibility for public housing and calculate rebated rent for all public housing tenants.

The increase in rent collected will be used to repair and maintain the Territory’s public housing dwellings.

To find out more about these changes, check out this fact sheet, or to see how this change affects you, speak to your local housing office.

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