Territory Housing encourages tenants to access employment opportunities.
Territory Housing recognises that not all tenants commencing employment or increasing their hours of work will receive a direct and immediate financial benefit. This can be due to an increase in rent, or in other costs such as childcare or loss of benefits.
The Employment Incentive Scheme works by gradually increasing a public housing tenant’s rent from the rebated rent level to market rent (if applicable) over a six month period.
The scheme also guarantees public housing tenants a secure lease for at least 12 months from the date of employment (or significant increase in hours). If the tenant already has more than a 12 month lease in place then this would not alter.
To ensure that the household receives a significant benefit from the scheme, a minimum household income from wages of $200 gross will be required to be eligible.