To be eligible for the Registered Rooming House Subsidy, you need to meet the following criteria and conditions.
Rooming houses (sometimes referred to as boarding houses) must:
- be registered under the Health Act as prescribed accommodation
- comply with the Building Act and the Building Code of Australia regulations.
Your rooming house business must:
- have an Australian Business Number (ABN) - or you can complete a Statement by Supplier form
- hold public liability insurance or similar
- have satisfactorily accounted to Council for the expenditure of a previous Council grant, if relevant (businesses that haven't done this are ineligible for rooming house funding).
- accept responsibility for the administration of the grant
- be willing to work with the Metropolitan Fire Brigade and local health and support agencies.
We won't fund:
- Projects run by (or involvement with) political or religious groups seeking to promote core beliefs.
- Projects promoting gambling activities or pokie machine venues.
- Properties owned by the City of Boroondara or State and Federal Government.
The proprietor cannot be a registered housing provider or housing association.
- The applicant must become signatory to a Standard Funding Agreement.
- The applicant must keep a record of expenditure, including receipts in order to acquit the grant.
- The applicant must be willing to attend a mid-year workshop for RRH operators.
- The applicant must spend the grant funding as detailed in the application, unless written approval is obtained.
- To measure the effectiveness of the subsidy, Council’s Social Planning Officer may visit the properties to see how the funding has improved the safety, wellbeing and/or social inclusion of the tenants.
- Council may, at its discretion, promote the recipients of grants to the community.
- Council may make funding conditional on other specific conditions being met.
- The grant provided to successful applicants must be expended by 31 December 2018.
- Businesses that cannot account for the expenditure of a previous subsidy are ineligible for funding.
Businesses must indicate their GST status on the application form. Successful rooming house proprietors will receive a Recipient Created Tax Invoice, their subsidy, plus 10 per cent GST.
To access a full version of the 2018 Annual Registered Rooming House Subsidy Guidelines, contact the Community Planning and Development department on 9278 4753 or email Andrea Learbuch, Safer Communities Project Officer