ERA is available for people whose employer offers long-term opportunities or are enrolled in an approved education training course
What is the Employment Related Accommodation Program?
In order to apply for ERA accommodation, you must:
- be an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person
- be over 18 years old
- have a connection to a remote community
- prove your enrolment in an education or training course at an approved institution such as university or TAFE
- show that the employer offers long-term opportunities.
If you have a connection to a remote area and you want to move to a regional area where there are more opportunities for work and study, the ERA program aims to assist you with secure and affordable accommodation for the duration of your education or training, or while you become established in your new job.
If you’re a single person taking up this option you will move into a fully furnished share-accommodation house. You will have your own room and share the living, kitchen, laundry and bathroom areas with other people in a similar situation.
If you have a family and you take up an opportunity to work or study in a regional centre, under the scheme, you can take your immediate family (spouse and children) with you. Accommodation is unfurnished so that you can bring your own belongings with you.
Benefits of the ERA Program
- Easy application – one form is all that’s needed.
- Affordable rent.
- No real estate agents – finding a property in the general rental market in an area you are unfamiliar with can be daunting.
- Well maintained homes.
- Located in big towns – there are lots of work and study options.
- Shared living – without the hassle of finding a housemates yourself.
- Fully furnished – if you’re single the house will be fully furnished.
- Safe and secure – unlike dormitories, the homes are safe and secure.
What ERA Aims to Achieve
- Assist Aboriginal people to improve their economic future.
- Assist to increase the number of Aboriginal people in full-time employment.
- Assist to increase the number of Aboriginal people undertaking education and training.
- Make housing more affordable to reduce barriers to moving to a regional area.
- Make it easy to transition into private rental or home ownership.
- Enables families to stay together when an opportunity for one family member might otherwise mean they would leave the family behind.
Rents are set to be affordable and in line with the cost of living.
Families are charged the AHO’s Build and Grow Aboriginal Community Housing Strategy (Build and Grow) rent for the whole house.
This doesn’t exceed 25% of household income or market rent.