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About the Tenant Amnesty

The Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) is running a Tenant Amnesty for all DCJ Public Housing and Aboriginal Housing Office tenants and approved household members from 6 June to 17 July 2022.

Tenants and approved household members who declare changes in household income, financial assets, property owned and/or unauthorised occupants during the amnesty period will be protected from prosecution and backdating of their subsidy.

How can I make a report?

The easiest way to make a declaration is by using the online form.

You can also make a report by contacting us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 1800 422 322.

You can choose to make an anonymous report and any information you provide will remain confidential.

Members of the general public can also contact DCJ and make allegations in relation to public housing and Aboriginal Housing Office tenants during the amnesty period.

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Frequently asked questions

  • What is a tenant amnesty?

    An amnesty allows tenants and approved household members living in public housing and Aboriginal Housing to tell us about a change in their circumstances without backdating their subsidy or fearing prosecution.

  • Who is covered under the 2022 Tenant Amnesty?

    The amnesty covers all DCJ Housing and Aboriginal Housing Office tenants and approved household members.

  • What is covered under the 2022 Tenant Amnesty?

    • Undisclosed income – this includes income from employment, dividends from shares, superannuation payments received during retirement or a change in Centrelink payment type. Tenants do not need to report any changes if there has been an
      increase to their current Centrelink payment as this will be identified during an automatic subsidy update. Tenants will however need to report any changes to their payment type (for example: if they have gone from Newstart Allowance to Disability
      Support Pension).
    • Financial assets – this includes a financial inheritance, cash savings, term deposits and any other financial asset.
    • Property ownership – this includes a home/unit, vacant land or commercial property owned in a tenant’s name or that they have shared ownership of.
    • Unauthorised occupants – this includes anyone living in the household who hasn’t been approved by DCJ.
  • Is there anything tenants could still be in trouble for during the amnesty period?

    Yes. Tenants who make declarations that do not fall under one of the protected amnesty categories will be assessed on a case-by-case basis and may face prosecution, based on the evidence provided.

    Tenants need to ensure that they make any reports during the amnesty period, from 6 June to 17 July 2022, to qualify for the protection from penalty and prosecution.

    Breaches of a tenancy agreement that are not specifically covered by this amnesty, such as illegal or antisocial behaviour, will be dealt with under DCJS’ normal policy.

    Also, protection from prosecution, subsidy cancellation, debt recovery and tenancy termination will not be offered to tenants with matters already under investigation prior to the commencement of the amnesty.

  • I just started a new job – if I declare during the amnesty, will I have to start paying straight away?

    Tenants or approved household occupants who commenced employment within six months of the disclosure/allegation received date, may be offered a grace period of up to 12 weeks.

  • Can anyone else make reports to DCJ? Or is the amnesty just for tenants?

    Members of the general public can also contact DCJ and make allegations in relation to public housing and Aboriginal Housing Office tenants during the amnesty period.

    Tenants will have one opportunity to respond and accept the allegations made against them by the public and will be protected during the amnesty period. If a tenant does not accept the allegation, DCJ will investigate according to standard business procedures.

  • What do tenants need to make a report during the amnesty?

    If tenants choose to make a report, they will require access to the following:

    • Income statement from Centrelink
    • Any photo ID/pension card
    • Bank statements
    • Payslip
    • Medicare card
  • Why is DCJ holding a tenant amnesty?

    While the majority of social housing tenants do the right thing, the amnesty provides an opportunity for tenants who need to make a declaration, without the threat of prosecution.

  • What if I am not a DCJ public housing or Aboriginal Housing Office tenant? Am I protected by the amnesty?

    No. Only DCJ Housing and Aboriginal Housing Office tenants are protected by the 2022 amnesty.

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Last updated: 08 Jun 2022