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Housing providers can be companies limited by shares or guarantee, incorporated associations or co-operatives.

Housing providers range in size and primarily manage rental housing portfolios for other parties, such as the Director of Housing (DoH). Some housing providers own properties, however their growth is small scale compared with housing associations. Housing providers often specialise in particular client groups which may include disability housing, aged tenants and youth housing.

A housing provider may apply to the Registrar for a change of category to a housing association, however it must be able to demonstrate that they meet the requirements for transition between the two categories.

There are currently 29 registered housing providers in Victoria. The Public Register contains the details of all community housing agencies, including Housing Providers, currently registered under the Housing Act 1983 (Vic).