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Housing accommodation in Maningrida.

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Accommodation

Staff members are provided with furnished accommodation as part of their employment package. Housing is generally a 2-bedroom duplex or 3-bedroom house.

A leasing arrangement will apply to tenants in Government housing (to be advised in orientation).

When renting accommodation from the Government, certain conditions, rights and responsibilities apply to both you as the tenant, and to the Government as the landlord. For example, you are expected to (but are not limited to):

  • Promptly report and arrange repairs and maintenance as necessary

  • Repair any damage caused by you or your guests

  • Keep the house secure

  • Keep household free of all pests

  • Be conscious of the importance of conserving power and water – i.e. don’t waste it.

  • A housing entry and exit report is to be completed by the tenant.

The landlord’s responsibilities include, for example (but are not limited to):

  • Ensuring the house complies with health, safety and security standards

  • Ensuring the house is kept in reasonable repair

  • Paying council rates and sewerage charges.

A standard furnishings list allows for an equitable supply of reasonable furnishings. Staff are responsible for supplying personal effects, such as kitchenware, an iron, bed linen etc. More details are available from the remote housing officer. There is a maximum amount of goods and chattels that are covered by relocation allowances. Any amounts over this will be at the employee’s expense.

More details on accommodation entitlements can be obtained from your professional line manager who can provide you with the latest EBA negotiations.

Water

Care should be taken to use water sparingly in remote communities. Rain can have dramatic effects, turning normally dry river beds into raging torrents in a relatively short space of time, highlighting the need to check road conditions prior to travel.

In some areas water is high in calcium, which causes a build up of white sediment in kettles and irons. Shower hoses also need regular cleaning to remove calcium. Such sediment is harmless and can usually be removed with vinegar or commercial products, such as CLR. For those with an interest in gardening (or with a mind to reducing dust around their accommodation), tropical zone gardens are the best for this region. Drip system irrigation is the most effective. Local nurseries are happy to advise about the most appropriate plants.

For more information on Governmnent Employee Housing please visit the Territory Housing website -

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"When renting accommodation from the Government, certain conditions, rights and responsibilities apply to both you as the tenant, and to the Government as the landlord."

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