Employment Related Accommodation (ERA) homes are located in towns throughout NSW .
Single people applying for ERA will share a house with 2 or 3 other people in a similar situation, while families will move into a whole home and will not share with others.
ERA properties are much like a regular family home – they are safe, secure and comfortable and generally have 3 or 4 bedrooms, a kitchen, living an dining areas, bathroom and laundry. Share homes are furnished with a dining table and chairs, two sofas and a coffee table. The kitchen typically includes a fridge, kettle, microwave and toaster and there will be a washing machine in the laundry. Family homes come unfurnished. ERA homes usually also include a backyard and offstreet parking.
If you are sharing, your bedroom will have a lock on it, so that you can keep this space secure and private. Each bedroom contains a single bed and mattress, desk and chair, small bookcase and a chest of drawers.
ERA homes do not have payTV, phone or internet connections, though you can pay to have these connected yourself, and you will need to meet any ongoing costs.
For further information about ERA Homes see our Frequently Asked Questions
Your Responsibilities As A Tenant
You will sign a standard lease agreement that will outline rent payable and your responsibilities in caring for the property.
As an ERA tenant, you need to fully participate in your education, training or employment. You will also need to:
- Pay rent each week
- Clean and maintain the house and furniture
- Keep outdoor areas clean, tidy and free from rubbish
- Pay for excess electricity use
If you are a student in shared accommodation your electricity, water and rates costs will be included in the rent. If you are in a family home, you will be required to pay your own utility bills.
See our Frequently Asked Questions
Who Maintains The Homes And Collects The Rent?
The houses are owned by the Aboriginal Housing Office and managed by Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal Community Housing Providers who will assess applicants, allocate houses, collect the rent, maintain and repair the property, carry out routine inspections and provide general ongoing support.
See Contact Us for a full list of providers.