Public housing

Antisocial behaviour

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

Department of Housing categories antisocial into three levels:

1. Minor
2. Moderate
3. Serious

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 of minor antisocial behaviour include:

  • loud noise from a television or stereo
  • a noisy party
  • an untidy yard.

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

  • low level verbal abuse or swearing
  • dangerous driving in residential streets or car parks
  • threatening or harassing neighbours.

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.

For more information relating to antisocial behaviour policy and procedures in public housing please see:

Public Housing Safety 

Information for people affected by antisocial behaviour fact sheet PDF icon 145 KB

Chapter 17 of the Operational Policy Manual PDF icon 34 KB.

For further information contact your local Department of Housing office.