- Residential property
- Debt and bankruptcy
- Housing SA and community housing tenants and other occupants
- Former Housing SA tenants and other occupants
Public and Aboriginal housing is for people on low incomes, particularly those who have difficulty accessing and maintaining housing in the private market. Demand for public housing exceeds the number of properties available.
Housing managed by Housing SA in remote and non-remote Aboriginal communities is for people who have a direct cultural or family connection to the Aboriginal community they register for.
This policy sets out who is eligible for:
- public and Aboriginal housing
- housing managed by Housing SA in Aboriginal communities.
People may also register their interest in community housing if they’re eligible in line with the Community Housing eligibility policy (PDF, 202.5 KB).
The person who registers their interest is called the registrant.
Public and Aboriginal housing
People are eligible for public housing if they meet all the below conditions:
- they can verify that they live in South Australia
- they have an independent income
- no one in their household owns or partly owns residential property
- they meet the income and asset limits.
People who don’t meet the income and asset limits may still be eligible to register their interest if they meet all other conditions and they are eligible for Category 1 or 2.
People who are eligible for public housing can also register their interest in Aboriginal housing if they can verify that they’re of Aboriginal and/ or Torres Strait Islander descent.
Housing in an Aboriginal community
People are eligible for housing managed by Housing SA in an Aboriginal community if they meet both the below conditions:
- they have an independent income
- the community’s local governing body confirms they’re connected to the community they’re registering for.
Housing SA consults with the Aboriginal community’s local governing body when a registration is received to:
- confirm the registrant’s connection to the community
- take local considerations into account, for example family groups, locations they can and can’t live in
- take the community’s needs into account.
Who’s considered to own or partly own residential property is set out in the Property ownership policy.
People who aren’t eligible for public or Aboriginal housing because they or a member of their household own or partly own residential property may still be able to register if any of the following exceptional circumstances apply.
People may be able to register if their relationship has broken down and they meet both the below conditions:
- their former partner still lives in the property they jointly own
- they’re eligible for Category 1.
People may be eligible to register if they’re approved for Category 1 and the equity in their property isn’t enough to buy or rent another home that meets all the below conditions:
- it’s in the area they need to move to
- it’s large enough for the household
- it’s affordable.
The property should be listed for sale before the registrant is allocated to a public or Aboriginal housing property.
People may be eligible to register if they or someone in the household needs to move away from home temporarily but wants to eventually move back, for example for medical treatment.
They will only be offered housing on a short-term lease.
People may be eligible to register if they meet all the below conditions:
- they need to leave the property they jointly own because of domestic abuse
- their former partner still lives in the property
- disposing their ownership in the property is delayed.
Debt and bankruptcy
People who meet the eligibility criteria but have an outstanding debt to Housing SA can register but won’t be offered public housing, Aboriginal housing, or housing managed by Housing SA in an Aboriginal community, until they have an active arrangement to repay the debt in line with the Account management policy.
People who are bankrupt with an outstanding debt to Housing SA can register but won’t be offered public or Aboriginal housing unless either:
- the bankruptcy is discharged
- they’re approved for Category 1.
People who are bankrupt with an outstanding debt to Housing SA can register and be offered housing in an Aboriginal community.
Housing SA and community housing tenants and other occupants
Housing SA and community housing tenants aren’t eligible to register for public or Aboriginal housing except if they’re housed on a short-term lease, for example through the Short Term Housing Program, Homelessness Supportive Housing Program.
Housing SA tenants may be eligible to register:
- for a transfer to another Housing SA property in line with the Transfer policy
- to exchange their Housing SA property in line with the Mutual exchange policy.
Partners of current Housing SA or community housing tenants aren’t eligible to register for public, Aboriginal housing or housing in Aboriginal communities while they’re living with the tenant, except if either:
- they need to leave because of domestic abuse, verified in line with the Domestic abuse policy
- they want to leave because the relationship has broken down and they can verify it, for example provide evidence of separate Centrelink incomes
Other Housing SA or community housing occupants, including the tenant’s children, can register for public, Aboriginal housing or housing in Aboriginal communities at any time provided they’re eligible.
Former Housing SA tenants and other occupants
Former public or Aboriginal housing tenants who had a lease agreement ended by Housing SA for reasons other than antisocial behaviour can register but can’t be housed in public and Aboriginal housing for 6 months from the date their lease agreement ended. Housing SA can choose to waive this if there are exceptional circumstances.
Former tenants and other occupants of public, Aboriginal housing or housing in Aboriginal communities may be excluded from registering or being re-housed in public and Aboriginal housing for 12 months in line with the Antisocial behaviour policy.
Former tenants of housing in an Aboriginal community who had a lease agreement ended by Housing SA will only be re-housed in an Aboriginal community in consultation with the community’s local governing body.
This policy is based on and complies with:
- Eligibility for housing guideline v2
- Assessing housing needs guideline v1
Related policies and other documents
- Community Housing eligibility policy (PDF, 202.5 KB)
- Property ownership policy
- Account management policy
- Antisocial behaviour policy
- Housing registration and allocations policy
- Transfer policy
- Mutual exchange policy
- Domestic abuse policy
- Income and asset limits
Date this policy applies from
1 March 2021
The online version of the policy is the approved and current version. There is no guarantee that any printed copies are current.