Pets in community housing
Each community housing provider has their own rules about keeping pets in their properties.
They set rules about pets based on:
- whether the property is owned by the provider or leased from the government or a private landlord
- the property type (e.g. units are usually unsuitable for large pets)
- local government rules and regulations.
Guide dogs and assistance animals
Tenants and household members can keep a guide dog, a hearing dog or an assistance animal.
If you have an animal like this, talk to your tenancy manager about your needs.
If you have special circumstances or a medical need to keep a pet, your tenancy manager may ask for evidence of these needs, such as a letter from a medical practitioner, psychologist or support worker.
Declaring your pets
When you complete your application for housing assistance, provide details of your pets, including:
- type of pet (e.g. dog, cat, bird, etc.)
- size of pet (e.g. small dog weighing 5kg)
- number of pets.
This information will help providers match and refer applicants from the housing register.