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NSW Housing Register Overview

Under Housing Pathways, Housing NSW has overarching responsibility for the operation and maintenance of the NSW housing register.


The NSW housing register is a single list of approved clients waiting for social housing. The NSW housing register lists clients in order according to their required housing location, their approval category and approval date.


When a social housing provider approves a client for social housing, the provider will place the client on the NSW housing register. Housing NSW and community housing organisations will then use this register to offer housing when a suitable property becomes available.


The time that a client will wait on the NSW housing register depends on:

  • The number of vacancies
  • The supply of social housing in the area, including the number of social housing providers
  • The number of people waiting for the same type of housing in the same area who have been waiting longer
  • Willingness to accept offers of both public and community housing
  • The number of people who have demonstrated a high need to be housed
  • The number of applicants leaving the NSW housing register.

Clients may change their preference to an area with a shorter waiting time, or change their provider preference, at any time prior to a housing provider making an offer of housing.


Supporting Application Forms

  • Change of Circumstances - Applications (PDF file, 195KB)
  • Private Rental Subsidy - Change of Circumstances (PDF file, 150KB)

    For more information about Social Housing Register see Managing the NSW Housing Register Policy.


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    In This Section

  • Managing the NSW Housing Register Policy
  • When will I receive an offer of a property
  • Keep Your Application Active
  • Matching and Offering a Property to a Client Policy

  • Last modified: Thursday, 4 June 2015

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    Date last modified: Thursday, 4 June 2015