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