Public housing

Antisocial behaviour

Behaviour is regarded as antisocial when it affects your peace, comfort or privacy.

Categories of antisocial behaviour

The Department of Housing categories antisocial behaviour into three levels:

1. Minor 

Minor antisocial behaviour is behaviour which includes activities that could reasonably occur, on occasion, in your normal daily routine. This kind of behaviour may cause a low level of nuisance to your neighbours. Examples include:

  • Loud noise from a television or stereo
  • A noisy party
  • An untidy yard

2. Moderate 

Moderate antisocial behaviour involves activities or behaviour that is more abusive in nature, or impacts on the health and safety of others. Examples include:

  • Low level verbal abuse or swearing
  • Dangerous driving in residential streets or car parks
  • Threatening or harassing neighbours

3. Serious 

Serious antisocial behaviour is when a person's life or safety is threatened, involves intentional damage to a property, physical assault and other acts of aggression. Examples of serious antisocial behaviour include:

  • Illegal use of a Department of Housing property
  • Physical assaults
  • Acts of violence
  • Serious threats to a person's health and safety
  • Extensive, intentional property damage

Three Strikes Policy

Depending on the seriousness and frequency of the antisocial behaviour, a written warning or 'strike' may be issued to a tenant by the Department. 

The Department of Housing's Three Strikes policy was introduced to better manage and reduce antisocial behaviour in and around public housing. Read about how the Three Strikes policy works.

The Three Strikes policy enables stronger and consistent action by the Department to take action against tenants who regularly or seriously interfere with the peace and safety of other people.

In the case of very serious or extreme incidents of antisocial behaviour, the Department may terminate a tenancy without issuing any prior verbal or written warnings.

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