The National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS or the Scheme) is a partnership between the Australian Government  and the states and territories to invest in affordable rental housing.

The Scheme seeks to address the shortage of affordable rental housing to low and moderate income households at a rate that is at least 20 per cent below the market value rent. The University of Western Australia’s owned and operated Hall of Residence, University Hall, has 550 Studio and One Bedroom Apartments built under NRAS. The Scheme has a number of terms and conditions relating to admission and eligibility that University Hall must adhere to.

Eligibility

To be eligible you must have an annual income (in Australian Dollars) below $45, 957 (as at 27 May 2013) for the 12 months prior to your lease commencement date.

Please note, that these are set and reviewed by the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.

To be eligible to become a resident in a NRAS approved dwelling, your annual gross income must not exceed the income Limit of $45, 956AUD. To enable University Hall to assess your eligibility, you are required to:

  1. Complete an estimate of your gross income for the 12 month period prior to your lease commencement date;
  2. Provide relevant supporting documentation/ evidence to prove your declared income amount (where applicable);
  3. Complete a Tenant Demographic Assessment form

These forms will be provided to you prior to your arrival via email. It is a University Hall requirement that we recieve this information before you move into your room.

If the University is unable to satisfactorily determine your income based on your completion of the Income Notification Form and the supporting documentation that you provide, you may be required to complete a Commonwealth Statutory Declaration.

Your continuing eligibility in a NRAS approved dwellings will be assessed on the 12 month anniversary of your lease commencement date. If at this time, your annual gross income exceeds $57,445 you will cease to be eligible.

Admission

In regards to admitting students to reside in rooms built under the National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS), University Hall allocates students based on the conditions of the agreement with the Government which are to prioritise accommodation for students aged between 18-30 years along with:

  1. Students with low socio-economic status
  2. Indigenous Australian students and/or
  3. Students that are located in rural and isolated areas of Western Australia relocating to Perth and/or
  4. Students with disabilities and within the context of overcoming educational disadvantage associated with gender and/or
  5. Women enrolled in non-traditional disciplines such as IT, engineering, architecture and postgraduate study.

University Hall gives priority to the above listed students.