NRAS Tenants

NRAS issues financial incentives to organisations that provide people on low to moderate incomes with an opportunity to rent homes at a rate that is at least 20 percent below market value rent. NRAS homes are not social housing—they are affordable private rental homes.

Organisations participating in the Scheme are known under the NRAS legislation as approved participants. Approved participants are involved in managing NRAS properties, liaising with the Department and ensuring compliance with the Scheme.

Approved participants may contract a service provider to manage NRAS properties on their behalf. These service providers are known to the Department as tenancy managers.

People on low to moderate incomes who are eligible to rent an NRAS dwelling are known to the Department as tenants.

How to apply:

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


To rent an NRAS dwelling in Queensland (QLD), potential tenants need to register with the QLD Government.

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.  

Some NRAS properties are managed by registered community housing providers. 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.

The Northern Territory Department of Housing provides affordable rental properties in Darwin, Palmerston, Coolalinga and Alice Springs.

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.

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