Housing Assistance

Last updated 06 February 2022


Housing is a basic human need, but many people in Australia struggle to find or maintain stable housing. Difficult housing circumstances can include anything from homelessness to being unable to afford rent or mortgage payments. Fortunately, there are a variety of organisations and programs available to help those who are experiencing such situations:

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

The NDIS is a government-funded program that provides financial and other forms of assistance to individuals with disabilities. If you are experiencing housing difficulties and are eligible for the NDIS, you may be able to receive support from this program. To access support from the NDIS, you must first apply and be approved for the program. This process involves meeting with an NDIS planner to discuss your individual needs and the types of support that would be most helpful to you. You can then work with the NDIS to develop a personalised plan that includes the support and services you require.

NDIS Website

Homelessness services

There are several organisations in Australia that specialise in providing temporary accommodation and other support to people experiencing homelessness. These organisations can include government-funded programs, as well as non-profits and community groups. For example:

The Salvation Army

St. Vincent de Paul Society

Rental assistance programs

Each state and territory in Australia has its own rental assistance program, which provides financial support to help people afford rent. These programs can vary in eligibility requirements and the amount of financial assistance provided. For example:

Rent Assistance
Rental Bond Loans

Emergency relief services

These services can provide immediate assistance to individuals and families who are experiencing crises, such as financial hardship or domestic violence. Emergency relief services are often administered by non-profits and community groups, and can include food and clothing assistance, as well as housing and financial support. For example:

Red Cross

Community housing providers

Community housing providers are non-profits that offer affordable rental housing to people on low incomes, those experiencing homelessness, and other vulnerable groups. These organisations can be found across Australia and generally have long waiting lists, so it's essential to plan ahead and apply early. For example:

Bridge Housing
Housing Choices Australia


When engaging with these organisations, it is essential to be clear about your individual needs and circumstances. Be prepared to provide information about your income, living situation, and any other relevant details. This will help these organisations to provide you with the most appropriate and effective support. It's also important to note that many of these organisations may have long wait times or limited resources. It's essential to be patient and persistent in seeking support, as well as being open to exploring a range of different options.