How to apply for government housing
To know how to apply for social housing
Let's start with why this is important:
- public housing is for people on low incomes, at risk of homelessness or victims of family violence who need housing, if you are eligible then you should apply but be aware that wait times vary from 8 - 24 months on priority lists
- Public housing is provided by the Department of Family, Fairness & Housing at an affordable rent that is calculated as a percentage of household income. Waiting lists in Victoria are very long, which means that public housing is certainly not the way to solve your immediate housing crisis but can be a long term solution.
You can apply as a single person, couple or family. A group of people can also join to make a group application.
You will need to complete an application. There are three ways to apply for social housing:
- Online application
- Paper application
- Through a support agency
- Include proof of identity, residency status and income.
- Include any other documents needed for each person applying.
Check the list of Victorian Housing Register areas (.docx) to find the name of your preferred location area.
If you put in an application, don't forget to tell us if your address or circumstances change.
You can apply for social housing online using the Victorian Housing Register Application through myGov:
- Go to the myGov website and sign in to your myGov account. If you don't have one, you'll need to create a myGov account (it should only take a few minutes)
- Pick 'HousingVic online services' in myGov's 'Services' section - this will link it to your myGov account
- Open HousingVic online services and select 'Victorian Housing Register application'
Once you have filled out the online application and attached any documents needed, a copy of the completed application will be sent to your email address.
If you do not want to apply online, download and print the:
- Register of interest application (.docx) or the PDF version of the Register of interest application (.pdf), and
- Priority Access application (.docx) or the PDF version of the Priority Access form (.pdf)
You can also get copies of these applications from one of these offices.
These applications let you tell us about yourself, another adult household member and up to four dependants or people under the age of 18 who will live with you.
If there are other adults or dependants who will live with you and you need more space, use the:
- Additional adult household member form (.docx) or Additional adult household member form (.pdf)
- Additional dependent children form (.docx) or Additional dependent children form (.pdf)
If there are health-related reasons why you need to live in a particular place or type of property, get your health professional to complete the special accommodation requirements form (.pdf). An accessible version of the special accommodation requirements form (.docx) is also available.
Send the forms and the documents to:
Victorian Housing Register
Department of Health and Human Services – HCC
Reply Paid 933
Moe VIC 3825
If you are experiencing homeless and receiving support, or you need housing urgently, you may be eligible for Priority Access. You will need a support worker to fill in an application form for you.
Support workers can access the form through the Funded Agency Channel.
If you do not have a support worker, find out how to get one on our Crisis and emergency contacts page.