Better Homes, Better Futures

Prospective Tenants


Access Community Housing Company (ACHC) provides secure, affordable housing to a range of individuals, families and seniors (aged over 55) that are on the Department of Housing and Public Works (DHPW) register of need.

We currently manage approximately 570 properties located across the Far North Queensland region. The properties are a combination of privately owned and government owned community housing. ACHC is the landlord on all properties for their tenants. Housing and rent is subsidised through DHPW and Access Community Housing Company.

ACHC offers housing assistance through three (3) DHPW funded programs, as follows:

Community Rent Scheme

The Community Rent Scheme (CRS) provides transitional housing for eligible applicants with high or very high housing needs. It is not designed to be a long term housing solution. ACHC Housing Managers work with tenants utilizing the CRS, to assist them to move into long term housing, either within the private rental market or the social housing sector, within 12 months. Most properties within the CRS are privately owned and leased by Access Community Housing Company, either through a real estate agent or directly from the owners. Tenants must pay rent on these properties (to ACHC): rental amounts are based on your income and rent is calculated at approx. 25% of assessable household income plus any Rent Assistance you are entitled to receive through Department of Human Services . The DHPW covers administration and the difference in rent costs, between what you can afford to pay and what the property owners expect to receive. ACHC is your landlord in this situation. ACHC has approximately 130 CRS properties in the Cairns and Mossman areas, catering to individuals and families.

Community Managed Studio Units

The Community Managed Housing Studio Units (CMSU) program provides a mix of long term and transitional housing for eligible applicants. As studio units, this program is tailored to meet the needs of individuals, not families. All properties within the CMSU are owned by the Department of Housing and Public Works and leased to tenants through ACHC. They are fully furnished and suitable for tenants who can live independently. Tenants must pay rent on these properties (to ACHC): rental amounts are based on your income and rent is calculated at 28% of assessable household income plus any Rent Assistance you are entitled to receive through Department of Human Services. The rent collected is used for ongoing tenancy and property management. In this instance ACHC is your landlord and rent calculation policy guidelines are those set by the DHPW. ACHC has approximately 122 units in several complexes within the Cairns area.

Long Term Community Housing

Long term community (social) housing is provided by ACHC in conjunction with funding and support from DHPW. This housing is available to eligible individuals and families and is aimed at ensuring those in our community in greatest need are supported. In this instance, the properties are owned by DHPW and rented through ACHC. As the name suggests, this is longer term housing and is designed to reduce homelessness and increase housing affordability. Tenants must pay rent on these properties (to ACHC): rental amounts are based on your income and rent is calculated at 25% of assessable household income plus any Rent Assistance you are entitled to receive through Department of Human Services. The rent collected is used for ongoing tenancy and property management. In this instance ACHC is your landlord and rent calculation policy guidelines are those set by the DHPW. ACHC has approximately 316 properties of varying sizes in Babinda and the Cairns area, including a number of seniors complexes for those over 55 years of age.

How to Apply

To be eligible for housing assistance with Access Community Housing Company you must have already satisfied the following common eligibility requirements of the Department of Housing and Public Works and have an approved application on the register of need:

The Department’s eligibility requirements include:

  • Australian citizenship or residency
  • Queensland residency
  • Property ownership rules
  • Independent income levels
  • Household income levels

For more information of these requirements click on: Dept of Housing – Eligibility for Housing.

Current Vacancies

Please note that when Access Community Housing Company has a property vacancy, we contact the Department of Housing and Public Works for an appropriate referral from their register of need.

Access Community Housing Company does not maintain a waiting list.

For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact Access Community Housing Company today on phone (07) 4031 6702.

© Access Community Housing 2017 | Website design and development RJ New Designs.