NRAS is the National Rental Affordability Scheme. NRAS is an Australian Government initiative that aims to address the shortage of affordable rental accommodation by offering a financial incentive to accommodation providers. As a result of obtaining NRAS funding, the University of Tasmania will be able to offer its apartments at 25% below market rates.
To be eligible to be considered for an NRAS apartment:
You must be at least 18 years old.
Your gross annual income (in Australian dollars) must not exceed AU$47,289.
Your eligibility to occupy an NRAS-approved dwelling will be assessed each time you sign a new Residential Tenancy Agreement. Your eligibility and supporting documentation may also be audited by the Australian Government's Department of Social Services (DSS).
Residency is defined as the start date of your initial Residential Tenancy Agreement regardless of what date you move in.
Priority will be given to students travelling from elsewhere in Australia.
The 18 year minimum age limit applies to NRAS approved dwellings but not to all University of Tasmania accommodation. If you are younger than 18 years and require University accommodation, contact Accommodation Services to discuss your options.
The University of Tasmania's Accommodation Services staff are responsible for assessing your eligibility to live in an NRAS-approved dwelling. It is your responsibility to advise Accommodation Services staff if your situation changes and you are no longer eligible.
Along with your application for accommodation, you are required to provide an estimate of your annual gross income for the 12 month period ending on the day before the start of your proposed Residential Agreement. To be eligible for NRAS accommodation, your annual gross income must be below $47,289.
Not necessarily. There are limited NRAS apartments and they are in high demand. Accommodation Services does not guarantee that all eligible applicants will receive an offer for NRAS apartments. If you are eligible but miss out on a place in an NRAS approved dwelling, Accommodation Services will, subject to availability, offer you one of its other accommodation options.
If you are not eligible for NRAS apartments, Accommodation Services will, subject to availability and suitability, consider you for non-NRAS accommodation.
Individuals whose income as listed on their accommodation application is above the initial income threshold described in question 3 will not be eligible to live in the NRAS-approved accommodation, but may still be considered for non-NRAS accommodation.
As part of the NRAS conditions, Accommodation Services must offer residents (or prospective residents) of NRAS dwellings on a residential agreement, which abides by the conditions set out in the Residential Tenancy Act 1997. You can elect to have a longer residential agreement if you wish - up to a maximum of 52 weeks. However, minimum lease terms apply and these can be found on the relevant studio apartment pages on our website.
This is different from the 42 week residency agreement that Accommodation Services provides for non-NRAS accommodation.
Yes; however, you will need to advise Accommodation Services (for safety reasons), and not permit any other person to occupy and/or share the apartment on a temporary or permanent basis. Accommodation Services is able to hire roll away beds for overnight guests.
Not necessarily. The market value of NRAS apartments is determined by an independent property valuer (market valuation). Rental fees for UTAS’ NRAS apartments are set at 25% below this valuation (5% lower than the minimum recommended).
The residential fees for non-NRAS accommodation at UTAS are set independently of the above process.
If you need to break your lease, you will be responsible for payment of rent until the lease ends or you can find a suitable replacement. If you can find a suitable replacement, they will need to go through the application and income assessment.