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Housing for Country Employees in Public Schools Policy


1. Policy statement

The Department of Education (the Department) allocates Government Regional Officers' Housing (GROH) to employees who fulfil the eligibility criteria, providing there is suitable accommodation available. 

2. Policy rules

Director, Staff Recruitment and Employment Services will assess the eligibility of employees for the provision of housing subject to the availability of suitable accommodation according to the following criteria:

  • the employee’s role is essential to the Department’s core business;
  • the employee’s appointment is 0.5 full-time equivalent or greater;
  • the employee is relocated by the Department in the course of employment to the location, not having resided there at the time of appointment; and
  • the employee, or their partner, does not own or have an interest in residential property within 50 kilometres of the employee’s place of appointment.

All employees allocated housing must comply with:


The provision of housing for employees is at the Department’s discretion and is not an entitlement under Industrial Awards and General Agreements.

Further information is available:

  • Appendix A: fringe benefits tax and guidance information;
  • Appendix B: process for allocation of housing, including appeals; and
  • on Department’s Housing and Transport Services website
    •  allowances and forms, including GROH Housing Application
    •  allocation of accommodation includes information about the categories of accommodation and   allocation criteria
    •  GROH Rent.

3. Responsibility for implementation and compliance

The Director, Staff Recruitment and Employment Services is responsible for implementation.

The Executive Director, Workforce is responsible for compliance with the policy.

4. Scope

This policy applies to all employees provided housing by the Department.

5. Related documents

6. Contact information

Policy manager:

Director, Workforce Policy and Coordination

Policy contact officer:

Manager, Staff Recruitment and Employment Services

T: (08) 9264 4453      


Housing and Transport Services 

T: (08) 9264 4412                                                      


GROH Regional Offices

7. History of changes

Effective date Last update date Policy version no.
28 April 2011 2.0
28 April 2011 30 July 2014 2.1
Minor spelling and formatting corrections.
12 May 2015 3.0
Major review streamlined content into a policy document. Endorsed by Corporate Executive 1 April 2015.
12 May 2015 22 May 2017 3.1
Addition of information to Appendix A regarding Extended Leave without pay conditions D17/0208756.
11 December 2018 4.0
Major review undertaken. Endorsed by Director General at Corporate Executive on 31 October 2018.

9. More information

Policy review date

11 December 2021