Social housing head-leases

This program aims to increase the number of social housing properties available to low income Territorians and their families. 

The department is also seeking to increase the availability of properties suitable for seniors and people with a disability.

The department will offer long-term leases to property owners. It will then sublease those properties to tenants who qualify for social housing.

The preference is for properties which can be constructed immediately, or are due to be constructed and completed by June 30, 2020. This will stimulate the construction industry, and allow builders to leverage off the head-leases to finance further developments.

Where this is not possible, the department may consider properties no more than five years old. Older properties may be considered in some locations.

The department is seeking one or two bedroom properties, with adequate parking, access and proximity to local amenity and essential services such as transport, shops, schools and employment.


On 28 August 2017, the department issued an addendum to the Request for Proposals.

If you have already submitted a response, you may resubmit a new response that will supersede the original submitted. This new response should be marked as ‘supersedes previous Response’.

The supporting documents as at 28 August 2017 are:

Addendum 1

SHHL 2017 Request for Proposal

SHHL 2017 Response Schedule

SHHL 2017 Draft Lease Agreement (for properties ready to occupy)

The extended closing date is 2pm Friday 15 September 2017

For more information please attend one of the information sessions below or contact or call 8999 8329.

Information sessions

A copy of the presentation from the information sessions can be found here.

DarwinWednesday, 9 August 20172:00 PMMauna Loa Room, Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront
7 Kitchener Drive, Darwin
KatherineThursday, 10 August 20171:00 PMConference Room, NT Government Centre, Ground Floor
First Street, Katherine
Alice SpringsMonday, 14 August 20172:00 PMSpinifex Room DoubleTree by Hilton Alice Springs
82 Barrett Drive, Alice Springs
Tennant CreekTuesday, 15 August 20172:00 PMConference Room, NT Government Centre
Peko Road, Tennant Creek

Last updated: 28 November 2017