This booklet explains who is eligible
for assistance and what documents are
needed to apply for public housing.
Applying for Rental Accommodation
The Department of Housing and Works provides rental accommodation for more than
35,000 households in metropolitan and country areas of Western Australia.
This booklet explains who is eligible for assistance, what documents are needed
to apply, how housing is allocated and the types of housing available.
To be eligible for public rental housing, you must meet the following criteria:
•	 Be	an	Australian	citizen	or	permanent	resident
•	 Live	in	Western	Australia	and	receive	your	income	here
•	 Meet	public	housing	income	limits
•	 Not	own	property	or	land
If	under	60	years	–	not	have	cash	assets	in	excess	of	$38,400	(singles)	or	$63,800
If	over	60	years	–	not	have	cash	assets	in	excess	of	$80,000	(singles	or	couples)
•	 Be	able	to	prove	your	identity
•	 Be	18	years	of	age	or	above
If	you	have	a	disability	-	not	have	cash	assests	in	excess	of	$100,	000	(singles	or
If	you	already	owe	money	to	the	Department	you	must	make	arrangements	to	repay
your debt before you apply for further public housing.
The Department offers applicants and previous tenants, who have a debt, a discount to
help them repay money they owe. Under the Debt Discount Scheme eligible customers
have to pay only fifty per cent of the debt they owe the Department. The scheme does
not	apply	to	Bond	Assistance	Loan	debts.			To	apply	to	participate	in	the	scheme
contact your nearest Department of Housing and Works office for a copy of the
brochure & application form.
Documents	You	Need
Proof	of	identity:		It	is	important	that	you	are	able	to	prove	your	identity	when	you	lodge
You	will	be	asked	to	provide	one	document	from	Category	A	plus	one	from	B	or	C,
or	three	documents	from	Category	B	and	C.
The combination you choose must show both your name and address.
•	 Birth	certificate	or	extract	issued	more	than	five