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Social Housing Overview

Social housing provides secure, affordable housing for people with a housing need on low to moderate incomes. Social housing encompasses properties owned or managed by Housing NSW, community housing providers or the Aboriginal Housing Office.


Each provider manages their tenancies and client entitlements in accordance with the Residential Tenancies Act 2010 and their own individual policies. For example, Housing NSW offers all new tenants a fixed term tenancy of two, five or ten years, depending on their circumstances, whereas community housing providers may offer continuous agreements. Community housing providers may ask new tenants for a bond when starting a tenancy, whereas Housing NSW does not.


For more information on social housing, see the Housing Assistance Options Policy.


For more information on social housing eligibility, see the Eligibility for Social Housing Policy.


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In This Section

  • Housing Assistance Options Policy
  • Eligibility for Social Housing Policy
  • Children and Young People at Risk Policy
  • Social Housing Eligibility and Allocations Policy Supplement
  • Social Housing Assistance Policy for Registered Persons

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  • List of Community Housing Providers
  • List of Public Housing Offices
  • Housing Pathways Resources
  • Policies
  • Forms
  • Fact sheets
  • Fact sheets
  • Applying for social housing (PDF file, 217KB)  
  • Social housing properties (PDF file, 208KB)
  • Allocation Zones (PDF file, 660KB)
  • About Community Housing Brochure (PDF file, 903KB)

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