It can be tricky to figure out what type of housing will best suit your individual needs. Below are some examples of housing options and support services available in Australia.
Depending on your individual circumstances, renting can be a good way to access temporary or permanent accommodation. Websites like Domain and realestate.com.au allow you to set a budget and search for accommodation by type and location.
Living alone is not a realistic option for everyone. Looking for a room in a share-house can be a less costly alternative and a great way to meet new people. Popular housemate services include Flatmates.com.au, Flatmate Finders, Sharehouses and Gumtree. There are also numerous Facebook groups– such as Fairy Floss Real Estate in Melbourne – which can link you to others people seeking housemates. University and workplace notice boards can also be a good place to find rooms for rent.
The Australian Government offers a number of rental schemes to help people living on low-to-moderate income find suitable housing. To qualify, you will need to demonstrate that your income meets the requirements outlined by the agency offering the service.
Below are links to relevant housing bodies in each state and territory:
The National Rental Affordability Scheme
If you do not meet the requirements for public or community housing, but you are living on an income low enough to prevent you from accessing other forms of housing, you may be eligible to rent at a reduced rate through The National Rental Affordability Scheme.
Information about the eligibility criteria, application process, and available properties under this scheme in each state and territory can be found online here.
If you are currently experiencing, or are at risk of experiencing, homelessness and need to access information and/or a referral for emergency housing, please contact the relevant agency for your state or territory listed below:
OneLink – call 1800 176 468
Link2Home Homelessness Information Line – call 1800 152 152
Homelessness Hotline – call 1800 474 753
15 to 25 years – Youth Gateway call 1300-306-046
25+ – Homelessness Gateway call 1800-003-308
Housing Connect – call 1800 800 588
Opening Doors – call 1800 825 955
Homeless Advisory Service – call 1800 065 892 during office hours or 1800 199 008 for after hours assistance.