The National Rental Affordability Scheme

What is the National Rental Affordability Scheme?

The National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS) is an Australian Government initiative delivered in partnership with state and territory governments to invest in affordable rental housing.

NRAS aims to:

  • Stimulate the supply of new affordable rental dwellings
  • Reduce rental costs for eligible low to moderate income households by at least 20 per cent below market rates for up to 10 years.

The Australian Government is responsible for administering and implementing NRAS, while the Western Australian Department of Communities administers the State Government’s funding contribution.

The properties are privately owned and managed by not-for-profit and non-government organisations.

Am I eligible to rent an NRAS property?

NRAS is targeted at low to moderate income households.

To be eligible you must:

  • Provide proof of your household’s gross income over the last 12 months
  • Continue to provide proof of income to your tenancy manager on an annual basis
  • Not exceed the relevant household income limits for your household composition.

To find out more information on household composition income eligibility limits, visit the Australian Government Department of Social Services website.

Some properties may have extra eligibility requirements – check directly with the NRAS tenancy manager you want to register with.

Where can I find an NRAS property and how do I register?

NRAS properties are located in metropolitan Perth and regional Western Australia. To find properties near you:

  1. Use the smart map below to search an area or filter properties by suburb or bedroom size. Alternatively, view current property listings on the RealEstate website.
  2. Select a tenancy manager with properties where you want to live.
  3. Register your interest directly with the tenancy manager.

Where can I get more information?

For more information about NRAS visit the Australian Government Department of Social Services website or email

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