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Registered housing agencies are not-for-profit organisations that provide affordable rental housing for low income households.

They are registered under the Housing Act 1983 (the Act) as either housing associations or housing providers.

To be eligible to be registered, a not-for-profit organisation must be a company limited by shares or guarantee, an incorporated association, or a co-operative.

As at 1 January 2020, there were 39 registered agencies consisting of ten housing associations and 29 housing providers.

The Public Register contains the details of all community housing agencies currently registered under the Housing Act 1983 (Vic).

Registered housing agencies:

  • may own, manage and develop affordable rental housing
  • may provide a range of housing support and assistance to clients
  • are viable businesses partnering with both government and the community
  • have met registration criteria, and continue to meet ongoing compliance requirements as well as demonstrate continuous improvement

Housing managed by registered agencies is primarily long term and/or transitional (up to six months) but some agencies also provide crisis housing and other forms of housing such as disability shared accommodation.

Some agencies have now incorporated real estate agent business arms to enable them to manage private rental market housing.

All registered agencies must comply with performance standards(pdf 443KB) and other legislative requirements, as well as demonstrate skills, expertise and resources to manage a viable social housing business.

Our information sheets on registered housing agencies(docx 50KB) and types of housing(docx 52KB) provide further information on regulated entities.