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How to apply for a Homes Victoria affordable home

Apply now for available properties 

Once you hit the ‘Apply Now’ button, you will see our current property listings. You can click on the homes you are interested in, then apply via the Snug portal.  

Application process

There are 4 steps in the Homes Victoria affordable application process:

To apply for a Homes Victoria affordable home, you will need to comply with the eligibility criteria below.

If you are unable to comply with all of the below criteria, you will not be eligible to apply for a Homes Victoria affordable home.

  • Accept the Terms and Conditions (see below)
  • All household members are Australian citizens or permanent residents
  • Household income falls under the gross income threshold (see Table 1) but is not so low you would be put into rental stress  (defined as spending more than 30% of your gross household income on rent)
  • Household members cannot own property
  • If successful, required documents and information will be supplied within two business days
  • If successful, the household can move in within 30 days of accepting an offer.

 

Table 1: Eligible gross income thresholds 

LocationSingleCouple*Family group**
MelbourneUp to $71,450Up to $107,170Up to $150,030
Regional Victoria Up to $52,090Up to $78,140Up to $109,400

* This can be made up of a couple or two singles earning a household income of up to $107,170.
** This can be made up of a family or shared group (couples/singles) earning a household income of up to $150,030.


All income ranges are measured before tax (gross).

Income eligibility for Homes Victoria affordable homes are set using the income ranges as per the Planning and Environment Act 1987. These income bands were updated on the 23 June 2023. Find income eligibility bands on page 1095 here (PDF)

You will have an opportunity to inspect the property before you apply. Inspection dates will be shown on the application platform. 

If, once you’ve inspected the property you would still like to apply, your application will enter a ballot system for that property. In a ballot, the successful applicant(s) are chosen randomly from a list. In this way, all eligible applicants will have an equal chance of being offered an affordable home.  

Note: You will be required to attend an inspection of the property before a rental agreement can be provided.

Affordable housing ballot process graphic

If you are successfully drawn from the ballot, you will be required within two days to provide proof of your eligibility in the form of recent payslips, identification and visa status. 

The tenancy manager will verify the following:

  • Your income falls under the gross income threshold but is not so low you would be put into rental stress (defined as spending more than 30% of your gross household income on rent)
  • All income stated on the application form is correct through verification of supporting documents such as payslips
  • 100 points of identification 
  • Referee details  
  • Proof that all household members are Australian citizens or have Australian residency 
  • Proof all household members are Victorian residents 
  • That you do not own property. 

If successful, you will be invited to inspect the home.

Like a private rental, you will be notified by the tenancy manager if you are successful in getting a new home. 

Once you accept the home, you will need to:

  • Sign the new lease  
  • Pay 2 weeks rent in advance 
  • Pay bond.

Terms and conditions 

  • Eligible applications will enter the ballot once. This allows all successful, eligible applicants an equal change of securing their chosen home.
  • You may choose to apply for multiple homes for which you are eligible, however its is important that applicants only apply for properties that meet their needs.
  • On the Snug Platform, for privacy and security Sensitive Data is removed automatically after 60 days
  • Application and survey data is subject to the Homes Victoria Data Collection Policy
  • As the homes are owned by the Victorian Government, Homes Victoria affordable properties do not qualify for Commonwealth Rent Assistance under current Commonwealth Government policy.

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