Applications for the 2019 Registered Rooming House (RRH) Subsidy closed on Monday 14 January 2019. Dates for the 2020 program will be released towards the end of the year.

Eligibility criteria

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).

You must:

  • 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.

Funding conditions

  • 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 2019.
  • 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 2019 Annual Registered Rooming House Subsidy Guidelines, contact the Community Planning and Development department on 9278 4753 or email Andrea Learbuch, Safer Communities Project Officer


Applications will be assessed by a panel representing Council and local health and support agencies working with people in rooming houses. The assessment panel will prioritise:

  • Rooming houses providing accommodation to people with complex needs at risk of homelessness
  • Projects exceeding the minimum standards for rooming houses
  • Rooming houses with a positive compliance history.