Prime Minister of Tasmania – Auxiliary housing grants to get roofs over the heads of more Tasmanians

January 17, 2022

Michael Ferguson, Minister of State Development, Buildings and Housing

The Liberal Government of Tasmania has created an innovative grant scheme to help put a roof over the heads of more Tasmanians.

The Auxiliary Grant Program provides $10,000 to support the construction of Auxiliary Housing (also known as Granny Flats) to add additional living space to an existing home or backyard.

It is a $2.5 million program and so far nearly 150 auxiliary housing grants have been awarded, with construction already underway in many cases.

I encourage anyone who has not yet done so to consider taking advantage of this initiative and applying before the end of June.

Annex dwellings are self-contained additional living spaces with a floor area of ​​up to 60 square meters that are added to an existing residence. They come in many forms and can be detached, like a grandma’s apartment, semi-detached, like sharing an exterior wall, or internal, like a stand-alone ground floor space.

This program will help more Tasmanians to add additional accommodation to their homes and support those looking for accommodation to rent.

Once constructed, applicants are required to make their new secondary suite available for rental for a minimum of two years. This is how the program stimulates the supply of additional housing at a time when our population is growing.

Applications for grants are open until the end of June 2022. For more information on guidelines, eligibility criteria and to submit an application, please visit and click on the link ” Grants and Funding”.

The Tasmanian Government is committed to implementing our plan to boost housing supply, and our Auxiliary Housing Grant Scheme is part of this scheme.

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