National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS)


The National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS or the Scheme) is a long term commitment by the Australian Government in partnership with the States and Territories, to invest in affordable rental housing.

The Scheme, which commenced in 2008, seeks to address the shortage of affordable rental housing by offering financial incentives to persons or entities such as the business sector and community organisations to build and rent dwellings to low and moderate income households at a rate that is at least 20 per cent below the market value rent.
NRAS aims to:

  • Increase the supply of new affordable rental housing
  • Reduce rental costs for low and moderate income households
  • Encourage large-scale investment and innovative delivery of affordable housing.

To be eligible to apply for NRAS housing you must be in receipt of a low, to median income. Each NRAS property has a specific tenant target group allocated to it, either:-

  • High Need
  • Low Income, and
  • Affordable Housing

How to apply

To register your interest please contact a property manager in the area that you would like to live, complete an NRAS application form (supplied on the below link) and return it to them.
Westside Housing Company Ltd. does not own NRAS properties therefore you would need to send the application to the appropriate property manager.

Other Housing Options

Affordable Housing 
Housing Co-Ops & Housing SA

Private housing
Local newspapers
Looking on websites such as Gumtree – for rental or share accommodation, or for private rentals
Contact Westside staff who can assist with information about all the other options mentioned.

For people who are experiencing homelessness please contact Westside on (08) 8155 6070, we can provide information about other services that may be able to help.
Alternatively, you can call Homeless Connect SA on 1800 003 308 who may be able to assist with temporary emergency accommodation.