Eligibility Criteria

Applicants, partners and/or co-applicants must be eligible at the time of application, while on the waiting list and before an offer of housing is made. ​

To be eligible for public housing assistance, you must meet the following criteria.

  • Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • Live in Western Australia and receive your income here
  • Earn no more than the current income limits
  • Not own or part own property or land
  • Not have cash assets in excess of $38,400 (singles) or $63,800 (couples), $80,000 (seniors 60 years plus singles or couples)
  • Be able to prove your identity
  • Be 16 years of age or above
You can view our Eligibility Policy in the Rental Policy Manual or contact your nearest Department of Communities Housing Office​ to find out if you are eligible to apply.

Money already owed to the Department of Communities

If you already owe money to the Department you must make arrangements to repay your debt before you apply for further 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 scheme does not apply to Bond Assistance Loan debts. 

To apply to participate in the scheme contact your nearest Housing Office​ for a copy of the brochure and an application form. 

Income limits

To be eligible for public rental housing assistance, the combined gross weekly assessable income of the applicant, partner and co-applicants (not the householders) must be below the Department of Communities' limits.

Other household members’ income is only assessed to work out how much rent you will pay once you have been housed.

Not all income is used to assess eligibility.

You can refer to the Rental Policy, Eligibility Relating to the Income of Applicants, or contact your local Housing Office for further details.​