Several Tasmanian organisations can help refugees/ former humanitarian entrants find appropriate accommodation on-arrival to Tasmania. They can also help people find secure, stable, affordable and appropriate longer term accommodation.
Housing Connect is the one-stop shop for all your housing and support needs. One assessment for everything from emergency accommodation to a long-term home.
Housing Connect can help you with:
Housing Connect is where you now apply for Housing Tasmania, Better Housing Futures and other community housing. Tasmania has united its housing and support organisations to work side-by-side on Housing Connect.
Five organisations – Anglicare, Centacare, Colony 47, Hobart City Mission and Salvation Army (Tasmania) – will deliver the collaborative new system for the Tasmania Government.
If you need public or community housing you no longer go to Housing Tasmania, you must go to Housing Connect for help.
The Tenants’ Union of Tasmania provides advice about renting public and private housing in Tasmania.
Some rental properties and share houses are advertised in the newspapers:
Landlords and agents often require personal information when assessing someone’s suitability as a tenant. An applicant can choose not to disclose requested information but it may put them at a disadvantage. Discrimination based on age, race, religion, parental status, sexual orientation, gender, disability or irrelevant criminal record is against the law. A landlord/agent does not have to give a reason for rejecting an application so it may be difficult to know if discrimination has occurred, but if you think there has been discrimination contact:
Bonds are held by the Rental Deposit Authority rather than the landlord. The maximum allowable amount of bond is four times the weekly rent. Bond cannot be charged for boarding premises. For tenants finding it difficult to raise the bond, assistance is available from organisations offering bond assistance.
When renting from an agent, the bond can be paid directly to the agent and they will lodge it with the Rental Deposit Authority. Otherwise tenants need to get a Bond Lodgement form signed by the landlord and take it with the bond amount to a Service Tasmania branch, or post it to:
A receipt will show the bond payment, which may need to be shown to the landlord to access the property. For more information about bonds and renting visit: