The Streets Ahead Incentive Program can help Tasmanians on low to moderate incomes to buy a home from Housing Tasmania.

The Streets Ahead Incentive Program provides:

Financial assistance:

  • $12 000 to help pay a house deposit
  • up to $500 to help with a mortgage insurance premium and
  • up to $500 to help with legal costs associated with buying a house.

Additional support including:

  • Independent financial counselling from Anglicare, free of charge. Financial counselling can help you to assess your budget and ability to buy a house. Anglicare can be contacted on 1800 243 232 (freecall)
  • Independent building report – once the purchase contract has been signed by the purchaser and Housing Tasmania. If the building report shows a structural defect, the purchaser can change their mind about buying the house
  • Advice on property valuation information held by Housing Tasmania. Housing Tasmania will recommend a purchaser gets further advice from a local real estate agent on the current market values in the area. However, if the sale goes ahead Housing Tasmania will organise a Government valuation which will decide the final price for sale and
  • If an essential major item in the home fails and needs to be replaced, the Essential Maintenance Package will enable a claim to be made, up to a total of $2 000 over two years.

To be eligible for Streets Ahead, purchasers must:

  • have an income to meet the costs of purchasing and owning a home
  • be under income and asset limits (tenants who rent a Housing Tasmania property are exempt from this requirement)
  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident, living in Tasmania
  • be an individual at least 18 years (not a business or organisation)
  • have a minimum deposit of $3 000 or 5 per cent of the purchase price, whichever is the greater
  • be able to pay legal and establishment fees
  • live in the house as their principal place of residence
  • not own or have an interest in any other real property (land)
  • not be an un-discharged bankrupt
  • or discharged from bankruptcy within three years before the date of application
  • not owe any money to Housing Tasmania and
  • not have previously received assistance under Streets Ahead, Home Ownership Assistance Program or HomeShare.

For more information:

Department of Communities Tasmania
1300 665 663 (Housing Tasmania)