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The Northern Territory (NT) Department of Housing's role is to provide an affordable and accessible housing system by supporting eligible NT residents with options that are appropriate to their housing needs.

The key business areas of the department are:

  • public housing
  • supported accommodation
  • remote indigenous housing
  • seniors housing
  • affordable housing
  • home ownership.

Minister for Housing

Hon. Bess Price MLA

Read more on the Legislative Assembly website.


The department is responsible for the administration and management of the Housing Act and supporting Housing RegulationsRead the law.

Since 1 March 2000, all tenants who have signed tenancy agreements, and the department, must follow the Residential Tenancies Act for the terms of the tenancy agreement and common provisions.

The Residential Tenancies Act was established in March 2000 to replace the Tenancy Act.

The department also provides initial assistance with the interpretation of legislation relating to these Acts.


Policy helps to guide the department’s decisions to ensure that eligible NT residents have access to affordable and accessible housing appropriate to their needs.

In the development of new policy, the department carefully researches its options and considers the views of the public, community leaders, interested groups and the government.

The department works with Australian, state and territory governments, national working groups and peak bodies. 

This ensures Northern Territory housing policy aligns with national policy and initiatives while supporting vulnerable Territorians with the greatest need.

Last updated: 24 August 2016