Housing Services, which includes the Teacher Housing Authority, is a division of Land and Housing Corporation. Its principal activity is to provide key worker housing to NSW Government employees in regional and remote NSW. Housing Services ensures it’s housing portfolio is of a suitable standard for occupation. This involves managing responsive maintenance (in conjunction with our appointed managing agents), planned maintenance (refurbishment), provision of new supply and asset disposal. Outsourced project managers provide housing design, documentation and supervision services on construction and refurbishment projects which are key to delivery of services.
Teacher Housing Authority is constituted under the Teacher Housing Authority Act 1975 (the Act). It is subject to the control and direction of the Minister for Planning and Minister for Homes; and is a non-controlled related entity of the NSW Department of Planning and Environment (the Department). It has a governing board of seven members, of which four are appointed by the Governor, and meets quarterly.
As a landlord, Teacher Housing leases residences in accordance with the Residential Tenancies Act 2010. This allows a teacher’s accommodation to be a separate agreement from their employment conditions, providing teachers and their families with a domestic environment that is removed from their employer. Teachers pay a market rent for the residences they occupy. In some remote locations, teachers may receive a rental subsidy from the Department of Education (DOE). This is as an incentive to encourage them to teach at a particular school. The subsidy is aligned with the school transfer points of the school and is related to the remoteness of the school. The magnitude of the subsidy is a key factor Housing Services considers in its overall portfolio strategy. Residences not required by teachers are placed on the private rental market.
Local Housing Representatives, are teacher tenants who act as liaison between Housing Services and our tenants. They are a network of teachers elected by other teachers in their community and are closely affiliated with the NSW Teachers Federation. They give their time voluntarily to ensure the needs of teachers and their families are met and play an important role in the overall service provided by Housing Services. Local Reps also offer advice concerning tenancy allocations, local issues and support teachers who may be new to a rural community. Rent is deducted from teachers’ salaries which is administered by the Department of Education.