NRAS Tenants

NRAS Tenants

NRAS rental homes are available to low and moderate income Australians – people who may find it hard to pay market rental rates. To be eligible to rent an NRAS property, potential tenants

  • will need to provide the approved participant with evidence of their gross income for the previous 12 months before the day they enter the dwelling, both with their initial application and every year afterwards; and
  • must not exceed the income limits for their household type by more than 25 per cent over two consecutive years.

The total income of all tenants of an NRAS rental property is used to calculate the overall household income for that property.

As there is considerable demand for these dwellings the Australian Government is unable to guarantee that any tenant will be able to rent a dwelling developed under the Scheme.

Further information can be found at Information for Tenants.

National Rental Affordability Scheme Regulations 2020

On 1 April 2020 the National Rental Affordability Scheme Regulations 2020 came into effect replacing the 2008 Regulations that ceased operating under the sunsetting provisions in the Legislation Act 2003.

How to apply:

To register your interest please see below information relating to your current State or Territory:

All other states and territories Please note the Australian Government does not select tenants or maintain a waiting list for homes supported by NRAS. This is done by the approved participant or tenancy manager of the property. The selection of tenants for NRAS dwellings is assessed by, and at the discretion of, the approved participant or tenancy management organisation. As long as commonwealth and state NRAS eligibility requirements are met, decisions will be made in line with their usual policies and processes.


To register, complete the National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS) tenant application form or contact 13 QGOV (13 74 68).

If eligibility requirements are met, an application to apply for a dwelling to rent under the scheme can be made. Properties currently available in Queensland can be found by visiting NRAS Properties for rent in Queensland on

If an application for public housing in QLD has been made prospective tenants automatically qualify for rental accommodation under the scheme, and should contact the QLD Government on 13 QGOV (13 74 68) to register for NRAS.

South Australia

To rent an NRAS dwelling in South Australia (SA) please contact individual NRAS property managers directly. A list of all NRAS tenancy managers and the locations of NRAS properties in South Australia are available from the Department of Social Services.

If you register your interest in community housing, you will automatically be considered for any NRAS properties managed by community housing providers.

Northern Territory

To seek information and apply for an affordable rental property under NRAS in the Northern Territory (NT) we recommend visiting the Northern Territory Department of Housing website.

Western Australia

To rent an NRAS dwelling in Western Australia (WA) The Western Australia Housing Authority website provides an interactive map that assists tenants to locate NRAS dwellings within WA and also directs them to the tenancy manager or Approved Participant.

Please visit the Western Australian Housing Authority website for more information on how to apply.

All other states and territories

For all other states and territories, please contact an NRAS tenancy manager directly to register your interest. A list of current tenancy managers is available.

List of NRAS tenancy managers

Details of Property and Tenancy Managers are advised to the Department by NRAS Approved Participants can be found on the List of NRAS tenancy managers.

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