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Pathways Housing Program policy

The Pathway Housing Program provides rental housing for a limited time to eligible households.

This policy sets out:

  • how properties are made available to the program
  • who’s eligible for the program
  • how these tenancies are managed.

Making properties available

South Australian Housing Trust properties may be made available to the program if either:

  • they’re earmarked for redevelopment, major maintenance or sale
  • they’re hard to let
  • they’re in areas that would benefit from increased social mix
  • it’s appropriate to the Housing SA’s asset and tenancy management needs.


People can’t apply for the Pathways Housing Program. Housing SA may refer a person to the program if they’re eligible for public housing in line with the Eligibility for public housing policy.

People must also meet all of the below conditions before they can be offered a property:

  • they make an arrangement to repay any debt they owe to Housing SA in line with the Debt policy
  • the rent for the property’s no more than 50% of the total assessable household income before tax
  • they have a plan around how they’ll access alternative housing - eg renting privately, by the end of their lease agreement.

Lease agreements

Housing SA offers tenants a lease agreement, also known as the Conditions of Tenancy, for 12 months or less.

Reviewing lease agreements

Housing SA reviews the tenancy before the end of the lease agreement. The review determines if either:

  • the lease agreement ends
  • the tenant’s offered a second lease agreement
  • the tenant needs help into alternative housing - eg help paying bond into private rental accommodation.

Second lease agreements

A second lease agreement’s only offered to a tenant if all of the below conditions apply:

  • the property’s still available to the program
  • the tenant’s still eligible for the program
  • the tenant has met the conditions of their first lease agreement.

Managing the tenancy

Housing SA manages Pathways Housing Program tenancies in line with other Housing SA policies, including:


Pathways Housing Program rent’s set at 75% of the full rent for the property. Tenants aren't eligible for a subsidised rent.


Pathways Housing Program tenants are only eligible for a transfer if they’re assessed as Category 1 in line with the Transfer policy.

Related information

Controlling documents

This policy is based on and complies with:

Related policies and other documents

Date this policy applies from

2 April 2019

Version number


The online version of the policy is the approved and current version. There is no guarantee that any printed copies are current.

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