Affordable Housing in Victoria

Employed and looking for housing? Struggling to find suitable/affordable properties on the private market?

Unison may be able to help you!

As a not-for-profit organisation, Unison provides safe and affordable long-term housing to people who are employed and on low incomes. 

We are committed to ensuring that the people we house gain access to the support, resources, and opportunities needed to sustain their housing, build a sense of home and participate in the wider community. We do this through effective partnerships and connections with specialist organisations.

The properties, owned and managed by Unison, are located in the inner city, in the northern and western suburbs of Melbourne, as well as in the outer western suburbs regions and in Geelong.


All applicants must be over 18 years of age and meet the following criteria:

  • Australian Citizenship OR Permanent Residency status
  • Currently live in Victoria
  • Stable rent history and working part time or full time
  • Assets less than $30,000 per household or $60,000 for households requiring Disability Modified Unit
  • Income within limits set by the Victorian Government:
    • If you are a single person: $39,579 - $62,310 per year (before tax)
    • If you are a couple: $54,591 - $93,920 per year (before tax)
    • If you are a small family (maximum two children): $57,192 - $130,870 per year (before tax)
    • PLEASE NOTE: The lower income range will change depending on the suburb of the property you are interested in – the property listing will clearly stipulate the lower income range and the rental amount.

If you are unsure about your eligibility, reach out to our team to discuss. Check out the Contact page for the phone number of the closest office.


Vacant properties

If you are eligible for affordable housing as per the criteria above, visit where all our vacancies are advertised with contact details included on each listing. The properties are highlighted as affordable properties stating eligibility criteria for applicants.

Click here for a listing of Unison's affordable housing properties available for lease.


How to apply?

Once you have found a suitable property, click on the 'Contact Agent' button on the online listing of the property listing you are interested in.

You will be emailed further information and an application form to complete, sign and return to our office with the following documentation:

  • Last 3 months of payslips
  • Proof of any other income

Our team will check your application and, if eligible, you will be contacted to arrange an inspection of the property.

PLEASE NOTE: All required documentation must be submitted before the application is considered.


Need more info?

Don't hesitate to reach out for more information, please contact the office closest to you.