Frequently asked questions

The Department of Housing and Community Development will deliver a $100 million public housing stimulus program by the end of June 2020.

This program will help to support local businesses and jobs across the Northern Territory, by fast-tracking upgrades, repairs and maintenance to public housing in Darwin, Palmerston, Nhulunbuy, Katherine, Tennant Creek and Alice Springs.

How can I get involved?

Register your interest today at and follow the links to the $100 million public housing stimulus program.

Who can register?

To successfully register for this program, you must be a registered business within the Northern Territory, and not be a current Northern Territory Government employee.

Once you have registered, the department may invite you to quote for works at any time during the program period. Requests for quote will be based on what works are required, your location and trade qualifications. You will be asked to provide your price for the works and evidence of your capacity and capability to perform the works. The department will assess your quote and you will be notified of the outcome. A successful quote will result in a contract with the department.

The quotation process will be in line with Northern Territory Government Procurement Directions.

Registration does not guarantee that you will be asked to quote for work.

I am already registered with the department through previous stimulus programs ($5million Urban Stimulus Program, $69 million Stimulus Package).  How does this affect me?

Even if you have registered under previous Stimulus programs, it is important you register your interest in the $100 million public housing stimulus program. You can register anytime from now.

Once I am registered, am I guaranteed the work?

While work is not able to be guaranteed, the department will endeavour ensure the work is fairly and evenly distributed across the sector.

We must also ensure appropriately skilled and qualified trades people carry out the works, value for money is achieved, and government procurement processes are complied with.

I registered for the last stimulus package and didn’t receive any work.

The intention is to provide as many contractors as possible with an opportunity to quote on works.

Is there a criteria I will have to meet in order to bid for a contract?

You must be a registered business in the Northern Territory.

Contractors should also be mindful of their capacity to complete the work within the designated timeframe when bidding.

Where is the work being offered?

The majority of the work will be available in urban centres, including Darwin, Nhulunbuy, Katherine, Tennant Creek and Alice Springs.

What work is available?

There is a variety of work which will be undertaken, such as:

  • dwelling upgrades, including internal building works such as kitchen replacements, floors, bathrooms, electrical work and painting; (lighting, fencing, security, landscaping, roofing, facades, internal work)
  • upgrades and restoration of vacant dwellings
  • urgent infrastructure and housing work in town camps
  • roofing replacement and repairs
  • preventative maintenance, and
  • construction of new dwellings to increase the number of stock.

What about the construction of new homes?

Yes, there will be a construction element as part of the $100 million public housing stimulus program, with targeted construction in urban areas.

Procurement for constructions will be as a separate process from repairs and maintenance works, in line with government procurement processes.

Can I bid for work in another region?

The department will endeavour to ensure the work is evenly distributed across the sector.

We would recommend you register through the business register available now on This registration process identifies the work your business does.

I am a small business.  Is there work for me?

The work is diverse, and a large pool of both large and small contractors will be required to deliver the work.

Will the work go to the department’s existing panel contractors?

The work will be allocated to both panel and non-panel contractors.  To ensure your business does not miss out on the opportunity, we would recommend you register your business through the business register available now on

How do you choose who gets the work?

All contractors will have the opportunity to bid for work through competitive tendering processes, and subcontracting arrangements.

All works must be procured through complying government procurement processes, and must achieve value for money. You can learn more about government procurement processes by visiting

Don’t you just select the cheapest quote?

No, price is only one component that is assessed. Experience and timelines are also assessed.

Is there any way I can increase my chances of receiving more opportunities to quote on works?

When you register your business with the $100 million public housing stimulus program, you are asked to select the types of works you are interested in. Scopes of works are then matched to contractors who have selected those types of works. Those contractors are then asked to quote. Often a scope of works will contain more than one type of works.

When will work start and when does it need to be completed?

Work will start immediately and is expected to be finalised by the end of June 2020.

When will the industry briefing sessions be held?

Industry briefing sessions will be held early 2019. The dates and locations of these sessions will be advertised as they become available.

Where can I go for more information?


Alternatively you can contact the department on email

Last updated: 28 November 2018