Register for public and community housing
Public and community housing is mainly for vulnerable and low income households who can't access or maintain other forms of accommodation like renting privately.
It's not emergency accommodation. If you're homeless or at risk of becoming homeless there are crisis services that can help you.
Public and Aboriginal housing
Public housing is managed by Housing SA. Aboriginal housing is specifically for people of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent.
Community housing is provided and managed by non-government organisations.
Community housing providers are independent organisations with strong links to their community. They provide community housing for specific disadvantaged groups in the community.
Housing cooperatives, also known as volunteer member-tenant managed community housing, are managed by members who are usually also tenants. In these properties, tenants actively participate in running the organisation, providing up to 12 hours per week to the group. This includes making decisions and carrying out work related to:
- addressing safety and legal matters
- selecting tenants and members
- maintaining and managing the properties and tenancies.
You can register your interest in community housing and public or Aboriginal housing if you meet all of the following conditions:
- you live in South Australia
- you don't own or partly own any residential property
- you have an independent income
- you either meet the income and asset eligibility limits or have a need that can't be met in private rental accommodation.
You may need to meet additional conditions if you're registering your interest in community housing.
You're not eligible for public or Aboriginal housing if you've been excluded from Housing SA's services because of disruptive behaviour.
If you've got a debt to Housing SA, you'll need to make and maintain an arrangement to repay it before you can be offered public or Aboriginal housing.
Multiple household groups
If there's more than one household group in your registration of interest, such as a couple with a child and a financially independent elderly parent, both households need to be eligible or have special circumstances.
Before you apply
- get proof of income and identity for everyone on your registration of interest aged 16 and over
- choose the areas you're prepared to live in
- be prepared to be asked for verification of any special circumstances you have
- if you're registering your interest in Aboriginal housing, you'll need to complete and return a confirmation of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent form to Housing SA
- if you want someone else, for example, a partner or parent, to be able to discuss your registration of interest with Housing SA or your community housing provider, complete a registrant's permission to release information to a third party form.
Areas where public and community housing is available
Register your interest
When registering for public or Aboriginal housing, Housing SA may be able to register you for community housing if you're eligible.
Complete a registration of interest for public and community housing form.
Return your completed form and all other documents including proof of income, to Housing SA.
Housing SA is your primary contact organisation if you have any questions or you need to update your information.
Choose your preferred community housing provider.
Contact them to discuss your needs and ask for a registration of interest form.
Make sure they have properties available in an area you're prepared to live in.
Return your completed form and all other documents, such as proof of income, to the provider.
The provider is your primary contact organisation. Contact them if you have any questions or you need to update your information.
Choose your preferred housing cooperative.
Make sure they have properties in the area you're prepared to live in.
Complete a housing cooperatives form.
Return your completed form and all other documents, such as proof of income, to Housing SA.
Housing SA is your primary contact organisation. Contact them if you have any questions or you need to update your information.
What happens next
You'll receive a letter telling you if you've successfully registered your interest or if more information is required.
You may be asked to attend an interview when applying for public or Aboriginal housing to discuss your situation.
Registrations are placed into a category based on need. Households with the highest level of need are generally offered housing first.
There are limited numbers of public and community housing. You may want to consider other housing services you may be eligible for.
Properties become available when the current tenants move out. It’s not possible to predict:
- when this happens
- what type of house becomes available
- the area the house is in.
Updating your registration
Contact your primary contact organisation if your contact details change or if you want to cancel your registration of interest.
Otherwise, complete a change of circumstances form and return it to your primary contact organisation:
- changing your name
- adding or removing someone from your registration
- changes to income
- changing the areas or types of houses you're registered for.
If you're removed from someone else's registration
If you were on someone else's registration and you've been removed, because of relationship breakdown for example, you can register your interest in your own name.
Contact your primary contact organisation to discuss your situation.
- Public and Aboriginal housing registration and allocation policy
- Eligibility for public housing policy
On this site
- Finding a place to rent
- Housing for Aboriginal people
- Eligibility for community housing policy
- Community housing tenant allocations and tenure policy
For an alternative version of a document on this page contact Housing SA.