Social or public housing is housing provided by the government while community housing is provided by private and not-for-profit groups in the community. Both accommodation types target people on lower incomes and are available to people with disability.
Public housing is available from government agencies, including:
- Housing & Community Services ACT in Australia’s Capital Territory
- Department of Communities and Justice — Housing (DCJ Housing) in New South Wales
- HousingVic in Victoria
- Housing Tasmania
- the Queensland Government
- the Government of South Australia
- Department of Local Government, Housing and Community Development in the Northern Territory
- Housing Authority in Western Australia
Information on community housing is also available for:
- Australia’s Capital Territory
- New South Wales
- South Australia
- Northern Territory
- Western Australia
You may need to have a maximum income to access public or community housing or go on a waiting list. It may also take a long time to become eligible for a home, but it may still be worth the effort to find a suitable home that suits your budget.
Remember, if you are experiencing problems in your home, you can get help from a disability advocate or even file a complaint with police.
To speak to an advocate, email firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a voicemail at 1800 843 929. To speak with police, call the local number in your state or dial 000 in an emergency.